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Hearing in Government Fight to Silence Warrantless Wiretapping Case
Date Wednesday July 15
Time 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location Details
450 Golden Gate Ave., Courtroom 6 San Francisco, CA 94102
Event Type Court Date
Organizer/Authorvia the EFF
Monday, July 13, 2009 : San Francisco - On Wednesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments in the government's motion to dismiss Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) challenging dragnet government surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans.

The Justice Department moved to dismiss the case in April, arguing that litigation over the warrantless wiretapping program would require the government to disclose privileged "state secrets" -- essentially repeating the arguments made by the Bush Administration in its attempts to block lawsuits over the illegal spying. The Justice Department also claims that the U.S. possesses "sovereign immunity" and cannot be held accountable for illegal surveillance under any federal statutes.

In Wednesday's hearing, EFF will argue that the lawsuit cannot be dismissed based on the government's blanket secrecy assertion, as made clear in previous court decisions concerning NSA spying and the CIA's special rendition program, and that the government is not immune against suit for violating federal wiretapping statutes.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Jul 14th, 2009 7:09 AM
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