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Judge Orders White House To Produce Memo On Warrantless Wiretaps

The controversy rages on in the waning days of the Bush Administration.Judge Kennedy-photo beverly reznick


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON – A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memorandums that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration’s post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program.
The judge, Henry H. Kennedy Jr. of Federal District Court in Washington (in photo), signed the order Friday. It requires the department to produce the memorandums by the White House legal counsel’s office by Nov. 17. He said he would review the memorandums to determine whether any information could be released publicly without violating attorney-client privilege.
The order came in response to lawsuits by civil liberties groups in 2005 after news reports disclosed the wiretapping.
The department had argued that the memorandums were protected attorney-client communications.
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