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Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stop the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communications data.
In an emergency appeal filed Monday, a privacy rights group claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records, and said only the justices could resolve the statutory issues at stake.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed its petition directly with the high court, bypassing the usual step of going to the lower federal courts first.
Such a move makes it much harder for the justices to intervene now, but the privacy group argues "exceptional ramifications" demand judicial review now.
Originally posted by neo96
The NSA has been using telephones to spy on Americans for 60 years the duration of the cold war before that they were using telephones to spy since Bell invented them.
So why are they going to stop now?
Just because the SCOTUS says 'pretty please'.
Originally posted by marg6043
If nobody has brought this issue of spying as unconstitutional before it will stand now, the reason is that the patriot act has been abused and the government has done nothing to fix the abuses