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Posted 4 years ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Americans’ Right to Privacy Another Casualty of 9/11

One of the legacies of September 11, 2001 is a vastly expanded executive power that is purportedly necessary to fight terrorism. The unfortunate fact, however, is that the executive branch continues to use powers created after 9/11 to spy on American citizens, and one way it does that is through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.   Expanding FISA After 9/11, the National Security Administration (NSA) – a Cold War-era intelligence organization – ramped up its operations, and a new court, …

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Posted 4 years ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Activist Groups Unite in Suit Against NSA Surveillance

What do advocates for gun rights, marijuana reform, environmental protection and open Internet have in common? They’re all concerned about being spied on by the government. And they’re suing. In total, 19 organizations joined forces as plaintiffs in a complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has pursued lawsuits against alleged government spying for several years. This latest suit accuses the National Security Agency (NSA) of violating the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments by conducting dragnet surveillance of …

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Posted 5 years ago in Government by Josh Crank  
The Government Can Spy on You Without a Warrant

The Supreme Court is considering the right of citizens to sue over a law that lets government agents conduct dragnet telephone and email surveillance. The current case won’t determine the constitutionality of the sweeping powers of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, but a ruling against the government could set the stage for a constitutional challenge next year. FISA was passed in 1978 to give government agents the ability to eavesdrop on communications between foreign parties without a warrant. …

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