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27B Stroke 6

April 30, 2006

27B Stroke 6
Feds Drop Bomb on EFF Lawsuit

The federal government intends to invoke the rarely used “State Secrets Privilege” — the legal equivalent of a nuclear bomb — in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s class action lawsuit against AT&T that alleges the telecom collaborated with the government’s secret spying on American citizens.

Today’s assertion severely darkens the prospects of the EFF’s lawsuit, which the organization had hoped would shine light on the extent of the Bush Administration’s admitted warrantless spying on Americans.

The government is not admitting, however, that AT&T aided the National Security Agency in spying on American’s phone calls and internet communications.

[T]he fact that the United States will assert the state secrets privilege should not be construed as a confirmation or denial of any of Plaintiff’s allegations, either about AT&T or the alleged surveillance activities,” the filing reads. “When allegations are made about purported classified government activities or relationships, regardless of whether those allegations are accurate, the existence or non-existence of the activity or relationship is potentially a state secret.”

The Justice Department has not formally invoked the privilege yet.

Is the DOJ protecting the citizens or themselves or AT&T?

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