The Federalist Society

The President's Wiretap IS Constitutional

October 1, 2006

Gerald Walpin

The quotation above sounds as though it might have come from President Bush or one of his spokespersons, defending the warrantless wiretapping program of telephone calls on which one of the parties in conversation is abroad. The words, at least, well explain the reason for the President’s program. But they were not authored by any partisan. No, these words were art of a 1980 opinion of a federal appellate court, explaining why it was upholding an espionage conviction based in part on warrantless searches and wiretapping surveillances.


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