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eff_deeplinks: Gov't Files Statement of Interest in AT&T Case:

The United States filed today a "Statement of Interest" in EFF's class-action lawsuit against AT&T, which accuses the telecom giant of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

The statement advises "the Court that the United States intends to assert the military and state secrets privilege in this action. In addition, the United States will also move to intervene and to seek dismissal of this case."


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6 Responses:

  1. fastfwd says:

    This is never good.

  2. evan says:

    Reading that brief is so depressing. They're like "yes, we recognize this talk about the fourth amendment, but STATE SECRETS".

    I wonder how this can end? When this case is thrown out, will they appeal? I guess they have to appeal until they reach a judge who thinks the constitution is more important? But even if it gets to the SCOTUS it'll likely just be tossed out.

  3. the_arkitekt says:

    consider oneself +friended, mainly because you seem interesting.

  4. snitrocket says:

    It gets better. Bush made up a whole new application of the SSA:

    In November 2001 President Bush issued executive order 13233 that would permit former presidents to independently assert the state secrets privilege to bar disclosure of records generated during their tenure.

    More than that, the Bush order would make the state secrets privilege hereditary, like some divine right of kings, enabling the heirs of deceased presidents to assert the privilege after their death.

    • flipzagging says:

      Interesting. Wikipedia has a lot more. It was passed after September 11th, just before Reagan-Bush administration documents were to become public.

      But of course, as Bush keeps telling us, history will be the judge.

  5. I'd like to be the first to say motherfucker.