Help ATS with a contribution via PayPal:
learn more

Federal Judge Allows EFF's NSA Mass Spying Case to Proceed

page: 1
4

log in

join

posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 12:58 PM
link   
Looks like someone opened up the NSA's tactics to review by the court system. Pretty unbelievable that a court would overturn the "state secrets" defense put forth by the Government. This could be big.



A federal judge rejected the U.S. government's latest attempt to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) long-running challenge to the government's illegal dragnet surveillance programs. This ruling means the allegations at the heart of the Jewel case move forward under the supervision of a public federal court.


Looks like the prosecution is relating this to the recent unveiling by Snowden:




"The court rightly found that the traditional legal system can determine the legality of the mass, dragnet surveillance of innocent Americans and rejected the government's invocation of the state secrets privilege to have the case dismissed," said Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "Over the last month, we came face-to-face with new details of mass, untargeted collection of phone and Internet records, substantially confirmed by the Director of National Intelligence. Today's decision sets the stage for finally getting a ruling that can stop the dragnet surveillance and restore Americans' constitutional rights."


We'll see how far this goes before getting too excited.

SOURCE



edit on 10-7-2013 by Mike.Ockizard because: (no reason given)
edit on 10-7-2013 by Mike.Ockizard because: (no reason given)
edit on 10-7-2013 by Mike.Ockizard because: (no reason given)




posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 01:31 PM
link   
It's about time but I won't hold my breath. This will end up at SCOTUS and they don't seem to be on the side of the people or constitution most of the time.

from your source


Filed in 2008, 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. The case is supported by declarations from three NSA whistleblowers along with a mountain of other evidence. The recent blockbuster revelations about the extent of the NSA spying on telecommunications and Internet activities also bolster EFF's case.



posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 08:01 PM
link   
reply to post by liveandlearn
 


I'll be following this one. Hopefully it wont get shot down





new topics
 
4

log in

join