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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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RE: Good Luck EFF
By OldProgrammer on 9/19/2008 3:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
Your first paragraph makes no sense. Rice ignored Clarke because he wouldn't admit that he took no action against Al-Qaeda? Where did you hear that nonsense? Rice didn't listen because she had no interest in Al-Qaeda until after 9/11, and then she tried to claim no one knew they could fly airplanes into buildings. Even if what you say is true, which is doubtful, how does that justify the Bush Admin just ignoring the threats that Clarke told them of?

Cheap shot, but true.

I have no idea what sort of nonsense you are trying to peddle about Gore.


RE: Good Luck EFF
By VultureTX on 9/20/2008 10:25:06 AM , Rating: 2
And you post contains double negatives. so because your other reply was decent I reply.

Rice ignored Clarke because Clarke claimed Al-Qaeda was the boogeyman yet he had taken no action. Clarke refused to take the blame for taking no action. Therefore Rice ignored him on the subject because his argument was not rational with regards to Clarke's actions.

As for Gore, remember that failed piece of air safety legislation he sponsored? Thanks to the bad taste it left, the Bush WH wanted nothing to do with that subject.


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