Wikinews Shorts: September 19, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Friday, September 19, 2008.

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Government sued for operating electronic Dragnet

On September 18, 2008, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the NSA, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, and other government agencies and individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance. They sued on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The EFF's ongoing case may be bogged down by constitutional questions due to new FISA provisions, but they won't impact the new case.