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