David G. Savage reports that the Supreme Court did not grant certiorari in Hepting v. AT&T, one of the cases that dealt with the role of telecoms in the Bush administration’s warrantless domestic surveillance program:
The Supreme Court has ended a 6-year-old class-action lawsuit against the nation’s telecommunications carriers for secretly helping the National Security Agency monitor phone calls and emails coming into and out of this country.
The suit was dealt a death blow in 2008 when Congress granted a retroactive immunity to people or companies coming to the aid of U.S. intelligence agents.
Without comment, the justices turned down appeals from civil liberties advocates who contended this mass surveillance was unconstitutional and illegal.
Read more on the Los Angeles Times. Neither EFF nor the ACLU have uploaded their statements yet, but I’ll try to add links to them when they are available.
Can anyone else hear the sound of the hammer hitting another nail in the coffin of our civil liberties?