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California Judge Hold Whales More Important than National Defense
A California federal court judge issued a temporary restraining order that the Navy not use sonar during the Navy's RIMPAC international war game exercises near Hawaii. The Judge based her TRO on environmental groups' arguments that the Navy's exercises might injure marine mammals. The Navy has been conducting theses exercises since 1968. There are still marine mammals in the affected waters after almost forty years of exercises. The Judge had to balance the competing interests before issuing the TRO. She apparently agreed with the Enviros that not disturbing a few whales is more important than the national defense.

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