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WORLD
February 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
President Alvaro Uribe said he had ordered a halt to wiretapping by Colombia's domestic intelligence agency as an eavesdropping scandal prompted a fourth agency official to resign. Fernando Tabares was head of the Administrative Security Department's intelligence branch for 18 months. Uribe said the national police would take over wiretaps conducted on behalf of the spy agency, which answers directly to the president. The move follows renewed allegations of illegal surveillance of prominent journalists, Supreme Court justices and opposition politicians.
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OPINION
February 2, 2009
Defenders of the Bush administration are crowing over a court decision holding that the government doesn't need warrants to monitor electronic communications between Americans and suspected terrorists abroad. Their jubilation is unjustified.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2009 | David G. Savage
The government does not need a search warrant when it taps the phones or checks the e-mails of suspected terrorists who are outside the U.S., even if Americans may be overheard on the calls, a special intelligence court ruled in an opinion released Thursday. The decision confirms what Bush administration officials and some legal experts have long argued. Although the Constitution protects the privacy rights of Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures," this principle does not bar U.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2008 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. After years of breathless coverage in every newspaper and magazine known to man, Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for running an illegal wiretapping operation that dug up dirt -- or at least tried to unearth dirty laundry -- on a host of prominent Hollywood celebrities and industry insiders. A longtime private investigator who engaged in everything from wiretapping to computer fraud, Pellicano was supposed to bring down half of Hollywood with him. But after years of titillating speculation, the story was a bust.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Kim is a Times staff writer.
Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for running an illegal wiretapping operation that gathered information for a list of well-to-do clients, including celebrities, attorneys and business executives. U.S. District Judge Dale S.
NATIONAL
December 3, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Williams is a Times staff writer.
A federal judge who earlier rejected Bush administration claims that it was exempt from laws governing domestic surveillance was asked Tuesday to strike down an act of Congress that grants retroactive immunity for illegal wiretapping. In a separate challenge of presidential power over national security affairs, lawyers for the now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation asked the same judge in San Francisco to allow them to sue for illegal monitoring by the National Security Agency. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
A prominent Los Angeles attorney was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison and fined $250,000 for conspiring with Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's former wife. Terry Christensen, 67, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to three years on supervised release after his prison term. He will remain free pending an appeal. Christensen was found guilty by a federal jury in August.
NATIONAL
November 2, 2008 | Joan Lowy, Lowy writes for the Associated Press.
A judge has ordered the Justice Department to produce White House memos that provide the legal basis for the Bush administration's post-Sept. 11 warrantless wiretapping program. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. signed an order Friday requiring the department to produce the memos by the White House legal counsel's office by Nov. 17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer.
Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona has lost his bid to have a prosecutor removed from his corruption case because of the prosecutor's role in the wiretapping of a government informant. Carona's attorneys had argued that Assistant U.S. Atty. Brett Sagel should be disqualified because he was the best witness regarding a bogus subpoena that former Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl took with him when he met with Carona and secretly taped conversations.
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