Leaked documents won’t make it easier to fight NSA in court


When Amnesty International filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2009 to stop authorities from monitoring communications between US citizens and citizens abroad, the Supreme Court likened the lawsuit to a conspiracy theory.

The court’s majority opinion called any suspicion that US citizen communications would be monitored “highly speculative.” What’s more, the court argued, no one had been specifically hurt by any US government spying program, so there was no need to stop government surveillance in the future. Amnesty’s case was rejected by the nation’s highest court. In other words, their argument was shut down completely by the federal government.

And not much has changed since then.

While President Obama has now…

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