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RICHMOND, Va. — Ruling that the existence of the government’s mass internet surveillance program would violate the First and Fourth Amendments, a federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit challenging the government’s domestic and international spying program. The lawsuit—brought by a coalition of educational, legal, human rights and media organizations, including The Rutherford Institute, the ACLU, the Wikipedia Foundation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers—was dismissed by a federal district court in Maryland, which ruled that the groups do not have standing to sue the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. Department of Justice and their directors. On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the lower court’s ruling in part, reinstating the lawsuit with Wikimedia as a party. A dissenting opinion filed in the case argued that all the plaintiffs have standing and should be allowed to proceed as parties to the lawsuit.
originally posted by: DAVID64
I knew that this sort of technology would be abused, from the first I heard of it. A network that ties together everyone on the planet? Sending private [ they naively believe ] messages to each other, commenting on politics and publishing their opinions for all to see?
Oh, the government would never take advantage of that.
I decided very early on, to never say anything on the internet, that I would not shout in front of the local police station. Government does not have the right read private mail or in any way monitor private communications, without due process.
But, they were doing it in secret for years and I honestly have no hope that a court order will even slow them down. They believe they have the ultimate power to do as they like.