The attorney for a defunct Ashland Islamic charity has asked a federal judge for an order prohibiting the Bush administration from intercepting communications protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Portland lawyer Tom Nelson has represented the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and its co-founder, Ashland activist Pete Seda, for years.

He claims in his request for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Justice Department that the government has intercepted e-mail and other privileged communication between the foundation and its attorneys.

Nelson says lawyers involved in the case and related cases also suspect the government has intercepted other privileged communications.

Nelson filed the preliminary injunction request today in federal court in Portland.

— The Associated Press