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Surveillance Case To Pit Strong Views

Publication Date: 
January 31, 2007
Source: 
Los Angeles Times
Author: 
Henry Weinstein

Professor and former Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan's brief is quoted in this article about the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the United Sates government, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling that said the Terrorist Surveillance Program violated the First and Fourth amendments to the Constitution and ran afoul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

"...A brief written by Stanford constitutional law professor Kathleen M. Sullivan says the government had gone much too far. 'Whatever inherent powers the president might have under Article II [of the Constitution], they do not include the power to conduct a warrantless domestic surveillance campaign, of indefinite duration and unlimited scope, where a duly enacted statute expressly prohibits such conduct,' Sullivan wrote."