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 August 21, 2009  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

A judge rejected a challenge to a law letting the United States eavesdrop on overseas conversations Thursday, saying fears by Americans that their conversations will be monitored and their rights violated were ”purely subjective.”

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl ruled that the latest version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act could not be challenged by attorneys, journalists and human rights organizations unless they could show their own communications had been affected.


The law was challenged by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, a group of international criminal defense lawyers and an organization of women, among others.

Read more from the Associated Press in The New York Times.

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