from reuters/yahoo: The Bush administration on Friday appealed a federal judge’s ruling this summer that a controversial post-September 11, 2001, domestic spying program was illegal.
The Justice Department, in documents filed with a federal court in Cincinnati, argued that President George W. Bush had acted within the law in authorizing the surveillance of domestic wiretaps of international telephone calls.
In its appeal, the government stated that the federal judge’s ruling “dismantles a tool that already has helped detect and disrupt al Qaeda plots.”
It stated that U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor‘s decision directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s direction to “proceed with great caution in resolving challenges in this extraordinarily sensitive context.”
Nearly a year ago, media reports revealed the existence of the domestic spying by the National Security Agency.
Civil libertarians, including the ACLU, which brought the suit, have argued the government could gain the same type of intelligence information through warrants.