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 May 21, 2012  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Surveillance, U.S.

Adam Liptak reports:

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to address one of the biggest controversies surrounding the response to the Sept. 11 attacks – the government’s aggressive use of electronic surveillance. The justices will decide whether a challenge to a 2008 federal law that broadened the government’s power to monitor international communications may proceed.

The challenge was brought by lawyers, journalists and human rights groups who say the law allows the government to intercept their international telephone calls and e-mails. Some of the plaintiffs say they now meet clients or sources only in person.

Read more on the New York Times.

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog also reports on this development in Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA.

Note that the court is only considering one aspect of the issue – whether the plaintiffs had standing to sue.

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