Tag: Supreme Court

Snowden and Poitras sued for making ‘Citizenfour’ doc on NSA leaks

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A recently released documentary about former government contractor Edward Snowden is being considered a potential candidate for the Academy Awards next year, but all isn’t well for the team behind the flick “Citizenfour.” Attorneys representing a Kansas man filed a

Can CSIS spy on Canadians overseas? Government asks top court how it can legally track terror suspects

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been left in the dark about the legality of tracking Canadian terror suspects overseas, the federal government is telling the Supreme Court. In arguments filed with the high court, the government says CSIS needs

Court Considers Suit Against NSA Phone Surveillance

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WASHINGTON—Can a government computer program violate a person’s constitutional rights? A federal appeals court weighing the legality of a controversial National Security Agency phone surveillance program wrestled with that question Tuesday as it discussed whether someone’s rights could be violated

Scientists, Not Politicians, Should Regulate NSA Surveillance

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The raging public debate over the surveillance state could actually benefit from the expertise of an unsuspecting source, a recent academic article suggests. Instead of relying on the myriad privacy and legal experts, congressmen, or former NSA directors chiming in on the NSA

7 Pages That Gave President Obama Cover to Kill Americans

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Before David Barron was confirmed this year to a lifetime seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, his critics objected that the cover he gave President Obama to carry out extrajudicial killings of American citizens

The Fourth Amendment Shell Game

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The National Security Agency’s controversial call-records dragnet has never been much use at finding terrorists, as two separate government panels have concluded, but technological change has been gradually rendering it completely irrelevant. Now, under the guise of putting an end to that

The Shaky Legal Foundation of NSA Surveillance on Americans

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A secret opinion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court recently released to the public is a reminder that the NSA is still conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans, even if that fact has faded from the headlines. This would

Privacy Group Petitions Supreme Court to Stop NSA Phone Surveillance

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When Edward Snowden recently revealed the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance programs, he set in motion a trans-Atlantic legal backlash. On Monday, privacy groups in the United Kingdom and the United States launched lawsuits aimed at halting sweeping spy initiatives

Julian Assange: UK seeks diplomacy with Ecuador

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The UK has insisted it will not grant Julian Assange "safe passage" to Ecuador as it seeks a diplomatic solution to him being given asylum. Downing Street said the government was obliged to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden where he

Pakistan’s spy agency faces court ultimatum

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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan's all-powerful spy agency could face an unprecedented challenge from the nation's high court after a lawyer representing seven victims urged contempt of court charges Friday. The Supreme Court had given the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency