Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Bugged" Coffee Table Spy Case

Note: Imagine if this coffee table were in YOUR office or board room? And by the way, the CIA does not have the exclusive on electronic eavesdropping devices that are hidden or embedded in furniture or objects; they are readily available on the net. Wondering if a eavesdropping device could be in YOUR office or boardroom? Contact me today. I can help. JDL


A federal judge in Washington has ordered the government to grant security clearances to lawyers on both sides of a lawsuit claiming illegal spying against a DEA agent, in a ruling that challenges the government’s long-held claim that the executive branch alone has the authority to determine who can access classified material.

The attorneys in the case, which was noted by Secrecy News, need the security clearances to obtain classified knowledge held by their clients so they can adequately argue the lawsuit, the judge said, in an August 26 ruling supported by attorneys on both sides of the lawsuit, but bitterly opposed by the government.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ordered an emergency stay of the order pending an appeal by the Justice Department.

Washington, DC, District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth made the ruling (.pdf) in the case known as Horn v. Huddle, demanding the government grant the lawyers security clearances “commensurate with the level” of the classified information their clients possess. The case involves listening devices purportedly used by the Central Intelligence Agency, including a coffee table said to be an eavesdropping transmitter.


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