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 February 1, 2011  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance

Maria Dinzeo reports on Courthouse News:

Fear of government eavesdropping is not a sufficient constitutional injury, a federal judge ruled, throwing out the claims of a law firm that had claimed it was illegally spied upon by a government-sponsored wiretapping program initiated in the wake of Sept. 11.

The Center for Constitutional Rights and its clients, some of whom are Muslim foreign nationals detained after Sept. 11, said they were prevented from exercising their First Amendment rights by the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, which intercepted phone calls and other forms of electronic communication without a warrant.

The center claimed that fear of government wiretap drove it to use extreme caution in communicating with clients, but Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found the center “did not produce … any evidence that they were actually surveilled under the TSP.”

Read more on Courthouse News. I don’t see any statement on CCR’s web site yet.

Related: Court Order: In re National Security Agency Telecommunications Records Litigation

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