State Secrets

China isn’t the only one hiding behind “state secrets“, it is now the defense in the law suit brought on by EFF on behalf of AT&T customers who were victims of illegal NSA spying.

EFF is representing the plaintiffs in Hepting v. AT&T, a class-action lawsuit brought by AT&T customers accusing the giant telco of violating their rights by illegally assisting the National Security Agency in domestic surveillance. The U.S. government is fighting to get the class-action lawsuit thrown out of court, contending that the litigation jeopardizes state secrets.

“The courts cannot permit the government to evade responsibility for unconstitutional activities with thin claims of ‘state secrets.’ Without judicial review, there is no way to stop abuses of power,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “The courts are well equipped to protect state secrets while determining whether the spying is illegal and if so, to put a stop to it.”

One comment.

  1. Shouldn’t government exist to guarantee the smooth functioning of society instead of the society functioning for the government?

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