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The EFF and NSA will square off in court yet again

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), representing AT&T customers, filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies responsible for "massively illegal" warrantless surveillance of internet and telephone communications over the past several years.

Along with the NSA, the EFF is accusing President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and several others in the lawsuit.  The EFF hopes by naming the president, vice president and other high-ranking government officials will help ensure similar action does not take place in the future.

"In addition to suing AT&T, we've now opened a second front in the battle to stop the NSA's illegal surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and hold personally responsible those who authorized or participated in the spying program," EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston said in a statement.  

"For years, the NSA has been engaged in a massive and massively illegal fishing expedition through AT&T's domestic networks and databases of customer records. Our goal in this new case against the government, as in our case against AT&T, is to dismantle this dragnet surveillance program as soon as possible."

The NSA reportedly created a wiretapping center in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Atlanta, and Bridgeton, where the government agency monitored data from millions of phone conversations and internet chat logs by AT&T users, with the phone company's help.

The program was first unveiled by former AT&T technician Mark Klein, who first leaked information about the program two years ago.

There are more than 35 active lawsuits against the U.S. federal government due to its warrantless wire tapping.

In February, the FISA bill passed, which ensured telecommunication conglomerates cannot be held liable from litigation if they provided assistance to the NSA or other government agencies.  But the EFF and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are trying to prove the law is unconstitutional, and want to have it changed so the major telecommunication companies can be held responsible.

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By TerryH2113 on 9/19/2008 8:35:18 AM , Rating: -1
That guy Klein, should be arrested for treason

By Bateluer on 9/19/2008 9:13:32 AM , Rating: 2
Arrested for treason? For blowing the whistle on an illegal, unconstitutional, Orwellian program that should never have been allowed to be born? The man deserves a medal.

By FITCamaro on 9/19/2008 9:41:10 AM , Rating: 2
Releasing unauthorized information about classified programs is illegal. No its not an act of treason but it is a federal crime.

By ebakke on 9/19/2008 9:55:03 AM , Rating: 3
A federal crime with a stiff punishment.

By stilltrying on 9/19/2008 2:59:14 PM , Rating: 3
so is evading a congressional subpeona (meyers, gonzalez, etc...). this country is run by criminals for criminals its as simple as that.

By NullSubroutine on 9/20/2008 3:42:38 AM , Rating: 3
So is wiretapping all US citizens without court order, in fact I think it is spelled out quite clearly in the US Bill of Rights/Constitution.

By VultureTX on 9/20/2008 10:27:29 AM , Rating: 2
well unfortunately it is not enforced. Otherwise we would have impeached Wilson and FDR/Truman (and possible Lincoln) for doing the same. That is why the unitary executive argument holds up under a declaration of war. Even when congress can't bring itself to call it a declaration.

By NullSubroutine on 9/20/2008 11:20:49 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, you learn something new ever day. I didn't realize they had phones or the internet to wiretap when Lincoln was President.

/end sarcasm

By VultureTX on 9/21/2008 9:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
And the US Constitution does not mention wiretapping either.
But the telegraph was I think the first electrical device to have it's communications monitored/censored by the government. Thus I included Lincoln's actions.

/not sarcasm

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