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Judges rule that citizens can sue the NSA for wiretapping, but not telecom companies.

The National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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FORT MEAD, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 31 May, 2006, file photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) is shown in Fort Meade, Maryland. A US judge on 16 August, 2006, halted the warrantless wiretapping program by the NSA and ruled that US President George W. Bush overstepped his authority when authorizing the unconstitutional program. Federal Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ordered a permanent injuction barring the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which has been used to monitor millions of US citizens. “It was never the intent of the (Constitutional) framers to give the President such unfettered control, particularly when his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights,” Taylor wrote in a 43-page opinion. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS/FILES (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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