Court Rules Against Lawsuit Filed By Islamic Charity's

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by an Oregon-based Islamic charity's lawsuit against the Bush Administration alleging it had been illegally wiretapped without a warrant cannot go forward.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a top secret call log the U.S. Treasury Department accidentally gave to the now-defunct U.S. arm of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation can't be used as evidence because it is protected by the so-called "state secrets" law.

Al-Haramain has been labeled by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.

Without the document, the court said, the foundation has little proof it was wiretapped and can't sue.

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