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Federal Government, Rules Mass Surveillance Can Remain Secret .
« on: September 09, 2019, 08:42:26 PM »
MAY 2, 2019 .

Federal Judge Sides With Federal Government, Rules Mass Surveillance Can Remain Secret
A federal judge has ruled that the government can assert state secrets privilege to keep details of the warrantless mass surveillance programs secret .

A federal judge has ruled that the federal government can assert state secrets privilege to keep details of the warrantless mass surveillance programs secret. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Jeffery White brings an end to a legal battle that has lasted more than ten years as five Americans sought to reveal the full scope of the controversial spying program. The plaintiffs have been represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) since 2008—several years before whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked classified files revealing the NSA’s massive spying apparatus.

Judge White agreed with arguments made by the Department of Justice, namely that revealing any details about whether the government collected the five plaintiffs’ internet and phone data would threaten national security. The judge refused to comment on whether previous reports on government surveillance confirmed that the U.S. government spied on Americans. The judge also stated that the evidence submitted by the plaintiffs did not support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act .

https://themindunleashed.com/2019/05/mass-surveillance-remain-secret.html .


 
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