Nick DiVito reports that ACLU has filed an opposition brief to the government’s motion to dismiss their suit against the NSA over the blanket collection of call records metadata.
In an earlier motion to dismiss, the government argued that the ACLU lacks standing because it lacks proof that the government’s use of call records will “identify persons with whom plaintiffs speak,” and that “others might refrain from communicating with plaintiffs because they fear disclosure of their association with plaintiffs.”
The ACLU and its chapters on Tuesday called that argument “misguided.”
“Plaintiffs’ challenge is not limited to the NSA’s use of plaintiffs’ call records after collecting them but is also directed at the government’s collection of those records in the first place,” it said in an opposition brief. “The collection of plaintiffs’ call records is itself an injury … [and] constitutes a gross invasion of their privacy.” (Emphasis in original.)
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