U.S. spying program set for court battle

Lawyers in San Francisco prepared Tuesday for the watershed hearing on whether a challenge to the federal government's eavesdropping program can begin.

U.S. spying program set for court battle

Lawyers in San Francisco prepared Tuesday for the watershed hearing on whether a challenge to the federal government's eavesdropping program can begin.

A three-judge panel of federal judges is set to hear testimony on Wednesday to determine whether two lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency over Internet and telephone data collection without judicial oversight between 2001 and January 2007 can proceed.

The lawsuits claim there was a special room in a San Francisco building used to sift through e-mail illegally. One of the plaintiffs is a technician who said he worked in the room.

The Justice Department has said the cases should be dismissed because their subject matter is a state secret, while the AT&T communications company claims it is prevented from properly defending itself because of national security reasons, the Washington Post reported.

President George Bush ordered the warrantless electronic monitoring after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

UPI

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