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January 23, 2010

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES NSA CAN SPY ON AMERICANS

Boing Boing - The Electronic Frontier Foundation's had a setback in its fight to get to the bottom of the NSA's wholesale, illegal warrantless wiretapping program: "A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the EFF on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls and emails."

But they're not giving up:

"The alarming upshot of the court's decision is that so long as the government spies on all Americans, the courts have no power to review or halt such mass surveillance even when it is flatly illegal and unconstitutional," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. "With new revelations of illegal spying being reported practically every other week -- just this week, we learned that the FBI has been unlawfully obtaining Americans' phone records using Post-It notes rather than proper legal process -- the need for judicial oversight when it comes to government surveillance has never been clearer."

Jewel v. NSA is aimed at ending the NSA's dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and holding accountable the government officials who illegally authorized it. Evidence in the case includes undisputed documents provided by former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein showing AT&T has routed copies of Internet traffic to a secret room in San Francisco controlled by the NSA. That same evidence is central to Hepting v. AT&T, a class-action lawsuit that's currently under appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


1 Comments:

Anonymous judge this said...

Federal judge should be kept after school until he learns to read and comprehend the Constitution.

January 23, 2010 9:18 PM  

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