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Privacy Group Sues Justice Department Over Wiretaps “A privacy rights group sued the Justice Department on Tuesday to try to pry loose a ruling by a secret court that the Bush administration says approved its clandestine wiretapping program. The suit, if it succeeds, should answer an important question about the future of the program: whether the court will require individual warrants, with specific evidence, before allowing the government to intercept phone calls and e-mails between Americans and alleged terrorists in foreign countries.” (The San Francisco Chronicle)Federal Judge: Padilla Ready for Trial “Suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla is competent to stand trial on terrorism charges because he understands the case against him and has already shown himself capable of assisting in his own defense, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke was a victory for the government, which has alleged in a three-count indictment that Padilla was part of a North American terrorist cell that recruited, trained and supported Islamic militants seeking to carry out acts of violence.” (The Los Angeles Times)

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