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'Dragnet Surveillance' Law to Stay Unchallenged

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 8:51am

By Ryan Gallagher

ShutterstockThe spies at the National Security Agency must have breathed a major sigh of relief. The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have no standing to challenge the constitutionality of the NSA’s secret eavesdropping efforts.

The significant decision comes after grappling in the lower courts that began in 2008. Back then, a group of lawyers, human rights groups, journalists and media organizations challenged in court the legality of the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act. A 2008 amendment to the law, they alleged, had authorized sweeping “dragnet surveillance” that could pull in Americans’ international communications in violation of constitutional rights, such as those enshrined by the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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Source: Future Tense

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