Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Warrantless Wiretapping, Appeal Planned

from the to-be-expected,-but... dept

This comes as no surprise, but is still somewhat disturbing. A lawsuit the EFF was involved in over the federal government's warrantless wiretapping program has been dismissed by the court because it "was not a 'particularized injury' but instead a 'generalized grievance.'" This same issue has been raised before. If the government illegally spies on people, how can you prove it? You can't go to court unless you prove that you were harmed by the action, but as long as the government keeps it secret then you can't know. That's why the one case where the gov't accidentally revealed some info is so important. But, still, in this other case, the EFF plans to appeal noting the ridiculousness of the situation:
"The alarming upshot of the court's decision is that so long as the government spies on all Americans, the courts have no power to review or halt such mass surveillance even when it is flatly illegal and unconstitutional," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston

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    nasch (profile), 22 Jan 2010 @ 4:14pm

    Re: Re: What you don't know...

    Or: I didn't know there was a sniper round coming at my head at some speed resembling the speed of sound.

    Totally OT, but in case you're interested, some rifle rounds exit the barrel (muzzle velocity) at speeds close to mach 3. The speed of sound is 1125 ft/s, and a few rifles fire at around 4000, many around 3000, and lots above 2000.

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