Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge To Warrantless Wiretapping Of Americans
Legal expert: Decision “insulates” government spying from court review
Feb 26, 2013
In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the government cannot be challenged over it’s secret warrantless wiretapping program targeted at American citizens.
The case was brought by US journalists, lawyers and human rights groups led by Amnesty International. Reuters reports that the Court ruled that none of the parties could sue because they could not prove that they were targets of the program, or that they had suffered any detrimental injury from it.
As we have noted, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has admitted that the National Security Agency violated the US constitution and abused its power by spying on American citizens and monitoring their communications under the expanded Bush era Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
At the end of last year, after favorable votes in the House and Senate, President Obama re authorized the “intelligence gathering” bill for five more years, effectively allowing the NSA to continue snooping on Americans’ emails and phone conversations until 2017.