Court upholds U.S. gov't immunity in terror eavesdroppingSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 19:40
Court upholds U.S. gov't immunity in terror eavesdropping
By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
updated 1:15 PM EDT, Tue October 9, 2012
Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place a law that allows the Justice Department to stop suits against telecommunications companies for participating in wiretaps of potential terrorists.
The ruling was a key setback for civil libertarians challenging the broader powers of government since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States to use electronic surveillance to track potential threats in the name of national security.
The Justices declined to take up a challenge to the once-secret domestic eavesdropping program under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- this one involving the monitoring of information moving into and out of the United States.
Previous petitions dealing with alleged abuses of the surveillance law also have been rejected by the court. Another case will be heard later this month.