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June 24, 2006

Court Bars Info Request On NSA Wiretapping

A federal appeals court on Friday declined to force the government to turn over information on the National Security Agency's wiretapping program to a man charged in a terrorism case.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case of Yassin Aref, an imam at an Albany mosque who is accused of laundering money for an FBI informant posing as an arms dealer.

Aref wanted the government to say whether any of the evidence against him had been gathered through the warrantless electronic surveillance program, which has been challenged by some civil liberties groups.

He asked the court to force the NSA to reveal details of the program, rule it illegal and toss out evidence gathered from it. The New York Civil Liberties Union joined Aref's motion.

Much of the legal debate over the request has been conducted under a shroud of secrecy because of the program's classified nature, with key court documents available only to those with security clearance.

Although the government made redacted portions of some documents available to the defense, Aref petitioned the appeals court for greater access.

The three-judge panel said it didn't have jurisdiction to grant much of what Aref requested.

Aref and Mohammed Hossain, a pizzeria owner and mosque member, are accused of laundering money from 2003 to 2004 for the FBI informant, a Pakistani businessman posing as an arms dealer. The mosque was raided by federal agents on Aug. 5, 2004, following a yearlong sting.

* Stop the ACLU

Posted by Wild Thing at June 24, 2006 07:10 PM


Yay! Hopefully this won't progress up the chain and will be dead right here, followed by the terrorist if convicted.

Posted by: raz0r at June 24, 2006 08:31 PM

razOr I agree this is their chance now to do the right thing and convict this guy,and not mess it up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 24, 2006 10:14 PM

Now would be a good time to have Jack Ruby around to give Yassin Aref the proper response. No prison sentence, up against the wall or straight to the gallows.

Posted by: Jack at June 24, 2006 11:34 PM

Jack, I like that...."up against the wall or straight to the gallows.".....YEP I sure do!

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 25, 2006 12:45 AM