Supreme Court Rules No Challenges to FISA
Surveillance law, wiretaps stand, 5-4
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 26, 2013 11:30 AM CST
You can't challenge the government's right to eavesdrop on your calls.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the warrantless wiretapping of US citizens it allows for, constitutional? We may never know, because the Supreme Court just ruled that the law can't be challenged in federal court. In a 5-4 decision, the court today agreed to a government request to throw out a lawsuit filed by lawyers, journalists, and other organizations who had argued that people who suspected they'd been targeted by wiretaps should be able to challenge the law, the AP reports.

But the court's conservative majority sided with the government, which said they couldn't sue unless they could prove they had been monitored—despite detractor complaints that such a standard creates a Catch-22, CNN reports. Plaintiffs "cannot demonstrate that the future injury they purportedly fear is certainly impending," Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion, arguing that there were enough legal safeguards on the program, and pointing out that, if the government used the surveillance information to prosecute anyone, they'd have to disclose it.

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JackNelsonSteward
Feb 27, 2013 5:55 AM CST
So we have "laws" that allow the State to monitor you, research your records, and no one may tell you. ... and we have a court that says you can't sue unless you've been monitored. Wow.
myflap.blow
Feb 26, 2013 6:38 PM CST
of course. only they spelt Supreme Cohorts wrong
KimKendall
Feb 26, 2013 12:55 PM CST
what does this really show about judges in the court system. each ideology has their detrimental perversions of our founding fathers dictums. conservative judges cave to economic power and enslave lessers and liberal judges are slaves to immoral social movements. neither have any real integrity