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(The New American) The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to review a lower court’s dismissal of the Wikimedia Foundation’s lawsuit against a National Security Agency (NSA) domestic surveillance program exposed in 2013 by Edward Snowden.
With the Court’s citing of “state secrets privilege” as a prohibition against such litigation, debates in Congress on the question of whether to renew the statute authorizing the program might be the last hope of relief for Americans who cherish the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights.
“The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Wikimedia Foundation’s petition for review of its legal challenge to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ‘Upstream’ surveillance program,” Wikimedia announced February 21. “Under this program, the NSA systematically searches the contents of internet traffic entering and leaving the United States, including Americans’ private emails, messages, and web communications. The Supreme Court’s denial leaves in place a divided ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which dismissed Wikimedia’s case based on the government’s assertion of the ‘state secrets privilege.’”
The Supreme Court’s refusal to even review this egregious denial of liberty is an affront to many of the chief foundation stones upon which the United States is built:
First, the separation of powers…Supreme Court Considers Domestic Spying Too Secret to Be Challenged – The New American