The Surveillance State III

“The Obama administration is invoking an obscure legal privilege to avoid judicial scrutiny of its secret collection of the communications of potentially millions of Americans.

“Civil liberties lawyers trying to hold the administration to account through the courts for its surveillance of phone calls and emails of American citizens have been repeatedly stymied by the government’s recourse to the “military and state secrets privilege”. The precedent, rarely used but devastating in its legal impact, allows the government to claim that it cannot be submitted to judicial oversight because to do so it would have to compromise national security.”

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/us-government-special-privilege-scrutiny-data?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20full-width-1%20bento-box:Bento%20box:Position2:sublinks

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