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Judge tosses lawsuit against federal wiretapping

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:27 pm | Updated: 8:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO - A judge has tossed out a lawsuit by an Islamic organization that accused the Bush administration of illegally wiretapping its telephones without warrants.

The now-defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation says the government accidentally sent it a top-secret document while considering whether to label the group a terrorist organization. The group says the document appeared to be a log of telephone calls between organization officers and their attorneys.

The federal judge ruled Wednesday that the group can't use the top-secret document to prove its case. But the judge did allow its lawyers to refile the lawsuit if they can find other evidence of warrantless government surveillance.

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