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#1    Hasina

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Surveillance Law

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 vote Tuesday to refuse to let Americans challenge the eavesdropping law.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, was originally passed to allow spying on other country’s communications. But RT reportsthe act was greatly expanded in 2008.

“Under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), the NSA is allowed to conduct electronic surveillance on any US citizen as long as they are suspected of conversing with any person located outside of the United States.”

A lawsuit by several organisations, including Amnesty International, says the act lets the government use “dragnet surveillance,” monitoring all kinds of communications without having to prove any national security interest to a judge. WLWT reports the suit was filed...

“...by a group of lawyers, journalists and activists... who were concerned the government could eavesdrop on communications with clients and sources.”

Instead of hearing the case, the Supreme Court dismissed the claims that the plaintiffs were being watched, saying they had no standing because none of them had been actually harmed by the policy.

Source: http://www.newsy.com...bX3WBQBHjgAA0qs

Edited by Hasina, 27 February 2013 - 01:12 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:19 PM

maybe Bush junior was right...   the constitution is just a (descriptor) piece of paper?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

What do they want to protect anyway? The country has gone to ****. Thanks to them and their overlords there is not to much to protect anymore.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

In the last decade our rights have been systematical flushed down the toilet.  Give them time and we won't have any.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

View Postlightly, on 27 February 2013 - 01:19 PM, said:

maybe Bush junior was right...   the constitution is just a (descriptor) piece of paper?

He was right.  This decision is very much in character for a lawless government.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:03 AM

The NSA had a similar arrangement with various governments for years. Our spies can eavesdrop on phone calls of people in other countries. Their spooks can eavesdrop on phone calls of Americans. Now, add emails and texts to the mix. IIRC, the eavesdropping goes back to the 1970s. British and other spies listened to Americans. American spies listened to people in the allied countries. My guess is that they spy on their own citizens now.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 04:06 AM

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