Sunday, April 30, 2006

Are we headed to the USSC with NSA program?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a suit against AT&T over a charge that the NSA installed a device in the San Francisco office in 2003 that they claim is illegal. The US government has asked the US District Judge to dismiss the suit to prevent the release of secrets.
In a "Statement of Interest" filed on Friday, the government asked U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to throw out the suit, saying the government "cannot disclose any information that may be at issue in this case."
This is clearly an "NSA international terrorist warrentless wiretap" case. We know all the case law supports the government but we also know that we are in the 9th Circuit. I predict we see this one go all the way up the chain to the USSC. Unfortunately, I don't think the court system moves fast enough to have that happen before the November elections.


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