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Ashcroft Wins on Wiretaps Appeal

The New York Times reports that a special federal appeals court overturned a previous decision which limited the ability of prosecutors to utilize wiretaps obtained for intelligence purposes to actually prosecute the terrorist. The decision is described as sweeping, in so far as it dismisses the widely held legal belief that this division between intelligence wiretaps and criminal prosecutions was somehow legislatively sanctioned. The lead editorial in the Times calls for the Supreme Court to overturn the decision and for Congress to re-write the statute, in order to prevent this broader intelligence gathering power from being used to infringe upon civil liberties.

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