Saturday, April 01, 2006

DOJ interferes in Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against AT&T related to Bush's Illegal Domestic Spying program

The Government is trying to keep the Electronic Frontier Foundation from getting the evidence it needs to stop AT&T from turning over Americans' electronic communications to George Bush's illegal domestic spying program.

EFF Motion in AT&T Surveillance Case Draws Government's Eye
DOJ Demands First Look at Documents It Claims Might Be Classified

EFF's motion seeks to stop AT&T from violating the law and the privacy of its customers by disclosing to the government the contents of its customers' communications, as part of the National Security Agency's (NSA's) massive and illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications. The motion was supported by a number of internal AT&T documents that the government now claims might include classified information.

This looks like another effort to kill public disclosure and debate. Only this time Bush's cronies in the DOJ have to go to the courts to meddle and not the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress like the Senate Intelligence Stupidity Committee headed up by Sweep-it-under-the-rug Republican Pat Roberts.

"Openness in court proceedings is fundamental to a free society," said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "The facts supporting our motion are not classified and are important to the public debate over the propriety of the NSA domestic spying program. The public deserves to know the truth."

Go to EFF's site for more information on EFF's class action against AT&T to protect Americans from over-reaching by an Executive Branch run amok. If you can afford it please consider joining or donating to EFF.

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