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Government Surveillance

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wiretap Case

The Supreme Court today turned aside a legal challenge to the Administration’s warrantless wiretaps, declining to review a lower court decision dismissing the case because the names of those being spied on are secret. “The Court’s decision allows the government to avoid accountability for its actions, making it less likely that we’ll ever get a legal ruling on whether the government’s warrantless wiretapping program broke the law,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, director of CDT’s Project on Freedom, Security & Technology. “It’s all the more critical now that Congress tighten the law to make sure judicial orders are required for surveillance in the future.”