Fed Court throws out ‘state secret’ excuse, will hear NSA caseSubmitted by radiofriendly on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 17:26
Today, a Federal Court rejected the president’s State Secret privilege claims in Jewel v. NSA and Shubert v. Obama. Until today, claims against warrantless spying have been prevented from having a hearing in court.
“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.”