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#1 spy1

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 11:36 PM

Okay - scratch the judge's chance to do anything one way or the other ( http://news.com.com/...?tag=html.alert ):

http://www.eff.org/n...6_04.php#004613

"Government Moves to Intervene in AT&T Surveillance Case"

DOJ Will Assert Military and State Secrets Privilege and Request Dismissal of Lawsuit

San Francisco - The United States government filed a "Statement of Interest" Friday in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T, announcing that the government would "assert the military and state secrets privilege" and "intervene to seek dismissal" of the case.

EFF's lawsuit accuses AT&T of collaborating with the National Security Agency in its massive surveillance program. EFF's evidence regarding AT&T's dragnet surveillance of its networks, currently filed under seal, includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal AT&T documents. This evidence was bolstered and explained by the expert opinion of J. Scott Marcus, who served as Senior Advisor for Internet Technology to the Federal Communications Commission from July 2001 until July 2005

Much of the evidence in the case is currently under seal, as AT&T claims public release of the documents would expose trade secrets. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for May 17th.

For the full Statement of Interest:
http://www.eff.org/l...of_interest.pdf

For more on EFF's suit:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/ "
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You know, even I have trouble believing that the government's actually going to do this and get away with it.

Can we all say "BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"? Pete
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Posted 29 April 2006 - 06:02 AM

If one wants some insight into the current situation vis. government, try a Google search with the term "Leo Strauss." This will help uncover the philosophical basis, but beware that within these results will be a lot of opportunistic and outright fraudulent information about legitimate philosophers as well. I am in a position in this respect to discern, and yet was extremely helpful in (finally) understanding how things got to be so absurd in the present milieu.

As always, thanks for your fine work, spy1.
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:10 AM

If one wants some insight into the current situation vis. government, try a Google search with the term "Leo Strauss." This will help uncover the philosophical basis, but beware that within these results will be a lot of opportunistic and outright fraudulent information about legitimate philosophers as well. I am in a position in this respect to discern, and yet was extremely helpful in (finally) understanding how things got to be so absurd in the present milieu.

As always, thanks for your fine work, spy1.



Took your advice. The following pretty much shines the light on what's been going on since 2001.

http://www.alternet.org/story/15935/

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:25 AM

As always, thanks for your fine work, spy1.


You're quite welcome.

That was quite interesting reading on Leo Strauss, too. Thanks to both you and tsitraveler. It all certainly sounds on-the-mark re: the way everything's being handled by the Administration, doesn't it? Pete
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 03:29 PM

it opened my eyes, so to speak

I have been studying philosophy for about 12 years now, and have been searching in vain for the fundamentals of the current situation, in order to better understand it; not until I found that reference was I able to get a handle on it.

The mainstay of my studies ahve been both Heidegger and Nietzsche, both of which I have read extensively (read: everything I can get my hands on). In none of either of their work can be found anything that would apply without a direct and intentional misinterpretation. This is why I provided the caveat above, because many of the presenters of Strauss practice his own kind/style of mispresentation. One who is not already familiar with either N. or H. are likely to be taken in by this; there are already enough misunderstanding, and I didn't want to contribute to more. Its a complex situation that needs careful attention, if one wants truth.
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Posted 05 May 2006 - 09:43 PM

Sorry if this sounds shallow, but the philosopy of Leo Strauss, and its influence on current events doesn't seem very complex.

That viewpoint and method of influence are at least as old as our earliest civilisations.

The problem is media manipulation/suppression. If something seems overly complex, perhaps there's a reason.

Always, always, "follow the money".

The article at the end of that link I posted is rather clear.

Edited by tsitraveler, 05 May 2006 - 09:44 PM.


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Posted 06 May 2006 - 03:45 PM

Agreed. I just meant trying to sort out the whole picture, its connections and relations to other philosophers. In terms of the current political situation, its pretty simple, summed-up in the word: deception. Old as dirt.
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Posted 13 May 2006 - 10:54 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...DMzBHNlYwM3MDM-

"Motion filed to intervene in AT&T secrets case"

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government filed a motion on Saturday to intervene and seek dismissal of a lawsuit by a civil liberties group against AT&T Inc. over a federal program to monitor U.S. communications.

....

In its motion seeking intervention, posted on the court's Web site, the government said the interests of the parties in the lawsuit "may well be in the disclosure of state secrets" in their effort to present their claims or defenses.

"Only the United States is in a position to protect against the disclosure of information over which it has asserted the state secrets privilege, and the United States is the only entity properly positioned to explain why continued litigation of the matter threatens the national security," said the motion, dated May 12.

A hearing is scheduled for June 21 before federal Judge Vaughn Walker."

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Can't wait to see how this turns out. Pete
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Posted 13 May 2006 - 08:40 PM

In this article: http://www.foxnews.c...,195205,00.html :

"Still, while the government clearly can parlay industry cooperation and technical firepower to grab lots of communications, there's bound to be a limit.

For example, tiny, free voice-over-Internet services likely don't bother to maintain the kinds of call logs that Verizon, BellSouth and AT&T apparently handed over, said Jeff Pulver, an authority on the technology.

Also, social network analysis would appear to be powerless against criminals and terrorists who rely on a multitude of cell phones, payphones, calling cards and Internet cafes.

(Why are we doing this again - if the "terrorists" can so easily bypass it? - Pete)

Then there are more creative ways of getting off the grid. The Madrid train bombings case has revealed that the plotters communicated by sharing one e-mail account and saving messages to each other as drafts that, since they were never sent, didn't traverse the Internet as regular e-mail messages would."

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Fascinating stuff, isn't it? Pete
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Posted 13 May 2006 - 09:35 PM

[.snip.]

Also, social network analysis would appear to be powerless against criminals and terrorists who rely on a multitude of cell phones, payphones, calling cards and Internet cafes.
[.snip.]


Not to mention the purposeful subterfuge of phony calls to throw the surveillance off track...
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Posted 17 May 2006 - 04:00 PM

This stuff is all over wired.com's front page ( http://www.wired.com/index.html ):

http://www.wired.com...l?tw=wn_index_1

http://www.wired.com...l?tw=wn_index_2

http://www.wired.com...l?tw=wn_index_3

http://www.wired.com...l?tw=wn_index_4

Great to see them on this!

EPIC's all over it, too - http://www.epic.org/alert - feel free to jump in and call your reps! Pete
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Posted 19 May 2006 - 07:37 AM

http://www.eff.org/n...6_05.php#004671

May 16, 2006
Judge Denies AT&T Request to Discuss Closing Courtroom

Wednesday's Arguments on Sealed Documents Set for 10am

San Francisco - The judge in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T denied a request for a conference today about closing the courtroom from reporters and spectators for tomorrow's hearing in the case, set to begin at 10 a.m. at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, courtroom 6.

EFF's suit accuses AT&T of illegally handing over its customers' telephone and Internet records and communications to the National Security Agency (NSA). Earlier today, lawyers for AT&T asked the judge in the case to close the courtroom during the discussion about unsealing critical evidence in the case -- including a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, and several internal AT&T documents that support EFF's allegations. AT&T wants the documents returned and argues that they should not be used as evidence in the case.

For more on the AT&T case:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/

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http://www.eff.org/n...6_05.php#004681

May 17, 2006
EFF Can Use Critical AT&T Documents in Surveillance Lawsuit

Evidence For Illegal Spying Case Will Remain Under Seal for Now

San Francisco - A federal judge in San Francisco ruled today that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) can use critical evidence in its class-action lawsuit against AT&T. However, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said the evidence -- three documents that AT&T alleges are proprietary and contain the company's trade secrets -- will be kept under seal for now.

EFF's suit accuses AT&T of illegally handing over its customers' telephone and Internet records and communications to the National Security Agency (NSA). The evidence at issue was filed as support for EFF's motion for a preliminary injunction against AT&T, seeking to stop the company's ongoing violations of the law and the privacy of its customers.

AT&T had requested that the evidence be returned to AT&T, and not used in the case. Wednesday, Judge Walker denied that request. Although the allegedly proprietary documents will remain under seal, Judge Walker instructed AT&T to work with EFF to narrowly redact any confidential material from EFF's brief and supporting declarations so that they can be made public as soon as possible.

"We're very pleased that the court refused AT&T's unreasonable demand that this critical evidence be returned to AT&T and struck from the record. And, although the evidence itself will stay under seal, the court has asked AT&T to work with us in providing public versions of our legal papers," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. "Taken together with the court's refusal to close the courtroom as AT&T had requested, we think today was a real victory for the public's right to know, and for our ability to litigate this case."

The next hearing in this case -- about AT&T and the U.S. government's motions to dismiss the lawsuit -- is set for June 23.

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http://news.com.com/...l?tag=nefd.lede

"Legal Loophole"

"SAN FRANCISCO--An AT&T attorney indicated in federal court on Wednesday that the Bush administration may have provided legal authorization for the telecommunications company to open its network to the National Security Agency.

Federal law may "authorize and in some cases require telecommunications companies to furnish information" to the executive branch, said Bradford Berenson, who was associate White House counsel when President Bush authorized the NSA surveillance program in late 2001 and is now a partner at the Sidley Austin law firm in Washington, D.C.

Far from being complicit in an illegal spying scheme, Berenson said, "AT&T is essentially an innocent bystander."

AT&T may be referring to an obscure section of federal law, 18 U.S.C. 2511, which permits a telecommunications company to provide "information" and "facilities" to the federal government as long as the attorney general authorizes it. The authorization must come in the form of "certification in writing by...the Attorney General of the United States that no warrant or court order is required by law." "

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http://www.cnn.com/2....nsa/index.html

"BellSouth to USA Today: NSA story is bogus"

"ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- The company has already denied it. Now, BellSouth is demanding that the newspaper that accused it of providing private phone records to the National Security Agency retract its article.

The telecommunications giant sent a letter to USA Today on Thursday asking it to retract last week's story that BellSouth and two other companies helped the NSA compile a massive database of records on domestic phone calls."
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Posted 25 May 2006 - 11:09 AM

https://secure.aclu....nd3mzcs5.app26a

Try letting the FCC know you're quite ticked off about this. It isn't hard, it only takes a minute - and it's lots better than doing nothing at all. Pete
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:55 PM

http://news.yahoo.co...DMzBHNlYwM3MDM-

Judge defers decision on US wiretap suit

DETROIT (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday deferred making an immediate decision on a request that the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program be halted as a violation of law.

...

Taylor deferred any ruling. Another hearing is scheduled for July 10." Pete
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Posted 21 June 2006 - 07:06 AM

(From E.F.F Homepage, here - http://www.eff.org/ ) :

"EFF and Government Face Off Over 'State Secrets' in San Francisco Courtroom
On Friday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will hear oral arguments on the U.S. government's motion to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T. EFF's suit accuses the telecom giant of collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in illegal spying on millions of ordinary Americans. The government contends that even if the NSA program is illegal, the lawsuit should not go forward because it might expose state secrets.
Full story, more on EFF's case against AT&T: http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att
June 20, 2006"

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If the government is successful in having their every illegal act covered by the cloak of "national security", there's not much hope left for us. Pete
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 04:04 PM

http://www.usatoday....06-30-nsa_x.htm

"Lawmakers: NSA database incomplete"

"WASHINGTON Members of the House and Senate intelligence committees confirm that the National Security Agency has compiled a massive database of domestic phone call records. But some lawmakers also say that cooperation by the nation's telecommunication companies was not as extensive as first reported by USA TODAY on May 11."

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A good read - check it out. Pete
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Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:24 PM

"EFF's Spying Case Moves Forward - Judge Denies Government's
Motion to Dismiss AT&T Case

In January, EFF filed a lawsuit against AT&T for collaborating
with the NSA in its massive and illegal spying program. Today,
a federal court denied the government's and AT&T's motions to
dismiss the case, allowing EFF's suit to proceed."

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Check the links provided on the top of this page: http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/ for details.

Also, this page (the first two items): http://www.eff.org/n...6_07.php#004832

Looks like our last line of defense - federal judges - are holding the line and resisting the pressure to fold or docilely go along with the Executive Branch's "wishes". Pete
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 11:59 AM

http://www.foxnews.c...,204733,00.html

"It might appear that none of the subject matter in this litigation could be considered a secret given that the alleged surveillance programs have been so widely reported in the media," Walker said.

Walker also wrote that he did not see how allowing the lawsuit to continue could threaten national security.

"The compromise between liberty and security remains a difficult one," Walker said. "But dismissing this case at the outset would sacrifice liberty for no apparent enhancement of security."

From this weeks SecrecyNews ( http://www.fas.org/s...recy/index.html ):

"COURT DENIES STATE SECRETS CLAIM IN WIRETAPPING CASE

In a rare judicial denial of an official "state secrets" claim, a
federal court yesterday rejected a government assertion that a
lawsuit against AT&T alleging illegal wiretapping should be dismissed
because it would place state secrets at risk.

In May, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte formally
asserted the state secrets privilege in support of a motion to
dismiss the lawsuit brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

But instead of simply deferring to the executive branch, Judge Vaughn
R. Walker did his own analysis of the matter.

"The first step in determining whether a piece of information
constitutes a 'state secret' is determining whether that information
actually is a 'secret'," he wrote.

He went on to conclude, based on public statements by the President
and other officials, that the state secrets privilege was
inapplicable in this case.

"Because of the public disclosures by the government and AT&T, the
court cannot conclude that merely maintaining this action creates a
'reasonable danger' of harming national security."

"It is important to note that even the state secrets privilege has its
limits. While the court recognizes and respects the executive's
constitutional duty to protect the nation from threats, the court
also takes seriously its constitutional duty to adjudicate the
disputes that come before it.... To defer to a blanket assertion of
secrecy here would be to abdicate that duty....
"

http://www.fas.org/s...pting072006.pdf

The court's rejection of unconditional judicial deference is
noteworthy. Although the executive branch's assertion of the state
secrets privilege has been denied on at least four occasions in the
past, those denials seem to have been based on technical defects or
procedural failings rather than a substantial judicial assessment of
the merits of the claim."

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Makes me want to stand up and cheer - maybe even elect the judge President (common sense and a "no-bullshit" attitude like that are in extremely short supply these days, and should be rewarded). Pete
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Posted 03 August 2006 - 09:03 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...HNlYwN5bmNhdA--

"US government asks federal court to stop domestic spying lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The US government has asked a San Francisco court to quash a lawsuit charging that the Bush administration illegally spied on Americans' phone calls, legal filings showed.

....

However, US Department of Justice attorneys urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to derail the proceedings in the interest of national security, an argument rejected by US District Court Judge Vaughn Walker.

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Lawyers representing the administration of US President George W. Bush told the appellate court in their filing that Walker's decision was wrong and that the case needed to be stopped in the interest of guarding "state secrets."

"The very real possibility exists that further proceedings would risk the disclosure of privileged information and irreparably harm the interests of the United States," US lawyers wrote in the appeal.

"At issue is nothing less than the disclosure of information that might cause exceptionally grave harm to national security."

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Is anyone actually buying this "argument"? Or is everyone else thinking that the Administration is simply trying desperately to cover its' own ass? And prevent the exposure of something so deep and disturbing to the American people that it would not only impact the party-in-powers' ability to remain in charge in the upcoming elections, but result in wholesale legal action (including impeachment) against all of the current Administrations top officials?

I seriously hope the Ninth Circuit Court doesn't cave on this one. Pete
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Posted 11 August 2006 - 10:28 AM

(Read the rest of the article here -

http://news.yahoo.co...surveillance_dc ) :

"NSA telecom lawsuits sent to California court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seventeen lawsuits against U.S. telephone companies for allegedly unlawfully aiding a government spy program have been consolidated into a California federal court, said a ruling made public on Thursday.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation sent the class-action lawsuits filed in 13 district courts across the country into the Northern District of California before Judge Vaughn Walker, who has already been hearing one of the cases."
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 01:37 PM

http://www.eff.org/n...6_11.php#004990

EFF Battles Effort to Dismiss Surveillance Lawsuit

San Francisco - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced today that it will hear the U.S. government's and AT&T's appeal of a district court's decision allowing the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) case against AT&T to go forward. The lawsuit alleges that AT&T collaborated in the National Security Agency's (NSA's) illegal spying program. The 9th Circuit did not rule on the merits of the appeal.

By this appeal, the U.S. government and AT&T are asserting that the so-called "state secret privilege" prevents the federal judiciary from determining whether the spying program is legal or not. In July, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Judge Walker ruled that the case could continue, noting that "The compromise between liberty and security remains a difficult one. But dismissing this case at the outset would sacrifice liberty for no apparent enhancement of security."

"It remains the province and the duty of the courts to determine whether the spying program broke the law, and the courts are quite capable of proceeding while respecting both liberty and security," said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "We are looking forward to litigating before the 9th Circuit on this important matter."

EFF filed the class-action suit against AT&T in January, alleging that the company has given the NSA secret, direct access to the telephone calls and emails going over its network. In a separate case, a federal judge in Detroit ruled in August that the entire program was unconstitutional.

Judge Walker has set a case management conference for November 17th to consider how EFF's lawsuit and other suits against telecommunications companies can go forward. The hearing will start at 10:30am at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

For the full order from the 9th Circuit:
http://www.eff.org/l...pealgranted.pdf

For more on the class-action lawsuit against AT&T:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/
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Posted 18 November 2006 - 08:57 PM

(Read the rest of the article here - http://news.yahoo.co...ce_061118170359 ) :

US judge refuses to derail domestic spying case

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A federal judge rejected Friday requests from US government and telecom firm lawyers to immediately freeze domestic spying lawsuits while an appeals court considers whether national security would be threatened in trying them.

In the first case involving the White House's authorization of the top-secret warrantless wiretapping program, San Francisco District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker refused to put on hold the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) suit against telecommunications giant AT&T for its alleged role in the program.

On Friday government and telecoms company lawyers asked Walker to immediately put the EFF-AT&T case on hold while their appeal to a separate court to overturn Walker's July ruling is heard.

But Walker again turned them back, leaving the matter to another December 21 hearing.

"I do think that there are matters we can proceed on regarding these cases," Walker told the dozens of attorneys whose suits were consolidated before him.

Walker outlined matters he wanted addressed before the December 21 hearing, at which rival sides would formally argue whether he should stop the proceedings while the government's appeal was considered. "
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Posted 06 December 2006 - 12:33 AM

http://www.foxnews.c...,234377,00.html

"Feds Urge Appeals Court to Drop Warrantless Surveillance Lawsuit to Protect Security Secrets

....

A secret court was established in the late 1970s to grant warrants for such surveillance, but the Justice Department said it can't always wait for the court to act.

The president and his advisers "have determined that the current threat to the United States demands that signals intelligence be carried out with a speed and methodology that cannot be achieved by seeking judicial approval" through traditional channels, Monday's brief said.

The journalists and other plaintiffs lack standing to sue because secrecy considerations mean that "they cannot show, and the government cannot dispute, that the government has intercepted or likely will intercept their communications," the government brief said.

In a brief filed Nov. 14, the ACLU said that the Bush administration's "sweeping theory of executive power would allow the president to violate any law passed by Congress."

"This theory presents a profound threat to our democratic system," it said.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has set a Dec. 18 deadline for other interested groups to file their own briefs in the case."
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Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:48 PM

December 18, 2006
Fight to Unseal Critical Evidence in AT&T Surveillance Case

Thursday Hearing on Public Release of Documents

San Francisco - On Thursday, December 21, at 2 p.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will consider requests from media groups to unseal critical evidence in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&T.

EFF's suit accuses the telecom giant of collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in illegal spying on millions of ordinary Americans. The sealed evidence includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a retired AT&T telecommunications technician, as well as several internal AT&T documents and portions of a declaration from EFF's expert witness. Some of the evidence was previously released in redacted form, while other evidence is still completely unavailable to the media and the public.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker will also consider whether two state court lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon over NSA access to phone records, which were recently transferred to his courtroom, should be transferred back to state court.

WHAT:
Hepting v. AT&T and other NSA telecommunications records lawsuits

WHEN:
2 p.m.
Thursday, December 21

WHERE:
450 Golden Gate Ave., Courtroom 6
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more on EFF's case against AT&T:
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
--George Washington




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