On December 24, 2005, the New York Times (NYT) published a report detailing the National Security Agency's (NSA) warrantless surveillance program authorized by President Bush. The Bush administration came under intense criticism for the warrantless surveillance program, although the administration defended the program as necessary for national security. A multi-agency report issued in July 2009 questioned the legality of the surveillance program. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the administration in response to the surveillance, but it was dismissed in February 2011. In 2008, former Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney Thomas Tam told Newsweek that he had leaked information on the program to the NYT in 2004.
Learn more about wiretapping from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on legal issues of warrantless wiretapping from JURIST Guest Columnist Shayana Kadida in Forum.