Friday, January 22, 2010

Judge Tosses NSA Spy Case-

The Electronic Frontier Foundation intends on appealing a ruling issued earlier this week in San Francisco by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. The Judge dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans' phone calls and emails. The lawsuits accuse the government of teaming with the nation’s telcom companies to funnel Americans’ electronic communications to the National Security Agency without warrants.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision was a major blow to the two suits testing warrantless eavesdropping and executive branch powers implemented following the 2001 terror attacks. The San Francisco judge said the courts are not available to the public to mount that challenge.

“A citizen may not gain standing by claiming a right to have the government follow the law,” (.pdf) Walker ruled late Thursday.

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