Secret Court Approves Interception of Citizen Emails

Friday, January 16, 2009
ACLU Spy Flag

This week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, in a rare public disclosure, released a censored version of a decision it secretly handed down last August. The court ruled that the government may intercept international calls and emails of U.S. citizens, without a warrant, if the citizens are suspected of being spies or terrorists. An unnamed telecommunications company had attempted to refuse to cooperate unless warrants were issued.

Intelligence Court Releases Ruling in Favor of Warrantless Wiretapping (by Del Quentin Wilber and R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post)
Court Affirms Wiretapping Without Warrants (by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, New York Times)


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