Secret evidence used to kill wiretapping case

6:08 PM, Nov 16, 2007   |    comments
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San Francisco, California -  A federal appeals court in California has dealt a near-fatal blow to an Islamic charity's lawsuit alleging it was illegally wiretapped by federal investigators.

The court has ruled that a key piece of evidence the charity planned to use is a protected state secret. The evidence that the court ruled unanimously can't be used is a top-secret call log accidentally turned over to the charity by the U.S. Treasury Department.

The charity, which had been labeled by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, alleged it had been illegally wiretapped by the Bush administration without a warrant. But the court said without the document, the foundation has little proof it was wiretapped.

The charity's lawyers voluntarily turned over the document to FBI agents after it was given to them

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