Sunday, June 9, 2013

Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall revealed the existence of a court opinion, which found that collection activities under FISA Section 702  "circumvented the spirit of the law” and violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. But, at the time, the Senators were not permitted to discuss the details publicly. Section 702 has taken on new importance this week, as it appears to form the basis for the extensive PRISM surveillance program reported recently in the Guardian and the Washington Post.

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