John at Stop the ACLU reports on yet another ACLU lawsuit being tossed out of court. John provides this from ABC in Chicago:

" A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to bar AT&T from giving the government telephone records without warrants, saying it would require disclosures that would “adversely affect our national security.”

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly said disclosing whether AT&T had given such records to the supersecret National Security Agency in its hunt for terrorists would violate the government’s right to keep state secrets.

“The court is persuaded that requiring AT&T to confirm or deny whether it has disclosed large quantities of telephone records to the federal government could give adversaries of this country valuable insight into the government’s intelligence activities,” the 40-page opinion said.

Kennelly ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on behalf of author Studs Terkel and others who claimed their rights had been violated by disclosure of the phone records to NSA."

This is huge and I agree with AJ at the Strata-Sphere that more of the ACLU cases will get the boot. Yet what is huge that no one has to date proved that this program was in anyway illegal - period. This was showboating by the ACLU, and they and this ruling shows that this judge can see that the ACLU has no other motivation than a political bias, and ruled that simply isn't good enough to indanger our national security - good for him.

Hell seeing that leftist icon Louis "Studs" Terkel was on the complaint, I'm even more glad.


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