Friday, September 08, 2006
Federal judge refuses to dismiss NSA surveillance case
(CNN) -- The Bush administration suffered another legal setback Thursday when a federal judge in Oregon refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the NSA's domestic eavesdropping program.

Despite the government's insistence, U.S. District Judge Garr King said he is not persuaded proceeding with the case would harm national security.

The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which the government declared a terrorist organization and froze its assets, brought the case. The Islamic group alleges the warrantless international surveillance program targeted some of its top officials.

The government promptly expressed disappointment with the ruling. "This case should be dismissed as a result of the state secrets implicated by plaintiffs' claims," said Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona.
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