Supreme Court Makes It Harder To Challenge Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

NPR | Feb. 26, 2013 4:48 p.m.

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Nina Totenberg

The Supreme Court has turned back a challenge to a 2008 law that authorized large scale monitoring of phone calls and emails abroad. Human rights lawyers and others who speak regularly to people abroad challenged the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as an unconstitutional breach of their Fourth Amendment right to privacy. But on Tuesday the court ruled 5-4 that the plaintiffs have no right to sue — because they cannot prove that their phone calls have been secretly monitored.


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