NEW YORK The George W. Bush administrations warrant-less wiretap of calls made by a defunct Islamic charity was illegal, a US judge in San Francisco ruled. Besides granting a summary judgment to the former Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation of Ashland, Oregon, US District Judge Vaughn Walker said on other day the group could file a financial compensation request, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The US Treasury Department designated the foundation, the US branch of an Islamic charity, as a terrorist organisation in 2004. The calls between two of the foundations US lawyers and an Al-Haramain official in Saudi Arabia were wiretapped as part of Bushs anti-terrorist programme. The group claimed in court US officials violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by listening in on the calls without obtaining a warrant. The US Justice Department argued for the cases dismissal for the national security reasons. Walker, earlier, ruled procedures established under the surveillance law supersede the national security argument. In his ruling Wednesday, Walker said the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation offered enough evidence to demonstrate the wiretapping apparently happened, and the Government didnt present evidence to contest claims the eavesdropping was done without a warrant, the Chronicle said. Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday welcomed the ruling that the Bush administration illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of a Muslim charity and two attorneys. This ruling is one of many steps toward the full restoration of civil liberties and constitutional protections in the post-9/11 era, said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili. The true test of any democracy is its ability to maintain basic legal rights, even in times of national crisis.