Monday, July 10, 2006


Government attorneys continued Monday to argue that state secrets would be breached if a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program is heard in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor listened to arguments, but gave no indication of whether she would dismiss the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the National Security Agency.

It was the second hearing in the case. The two sides faced off for the first time June 12.

The ACLU is asking for an immediate halt to the warrantless domestic surveillance program, arguing that it violates the rights to free speech and privacy. A similar lawsuit has been filed in New York by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The government counters that the program is well within the president's authority, but proving that would require revealing state secrets.

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