Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jul 2013 22:42 UTC
Legal "A diverse coalition of 19 groups announced today a lawsuit against the United States government for 'an illegal and unconstitutional program of dragnet electronic surveillance', known as the Associational Tracking Program, which collects all telephone records handled by Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in the US. The group, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, aims to compel the government to inventory and disclose the records in its possession, to destroy them, and to immediately end the surveillance program."
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RE: Comment by graffias79
by flypig on Wed 17th Jul 2013 12:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by graffias79"
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Wouldn't this require a repeal of the Patriot Act?

This is the point I don't really get about all of this. FBI access to this data was made possible by the Patriot Act.

The fact the Patriot Act allowed this kind of secret surveillance without public oversight was highlighted at the time. So why is it such a surprise *now* to discover they're actually using the leeway granted?

Don't misunderstand me, I don't agree with what's happening and I hope the EFF have success. It just seems like the sudden realisation has hit a bit too late.

At least in the US you have a constitution to fall back on, so the Patriot Act itself could be found unconstitutional. No such luck here in the UK (the Convention on Human Rights is probably the closest we get).

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