Rights Groups File Brief With Secret Appeals Court

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 21, 2002

Surveillance, privacy, a secret court, the Constitution and the fight against terrorism are all elements in a public debate in which the legal ramifications of 9-11 continue to impact the lives of Americans.
Civil liberties groups including the ACLU, EPIC and the Center for Democracy and Technology, filed an amicus brief on September 19 with the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court (which is no longer such a secret since the court’s historic public release of a memorandum opinion concerning the DOJ’s intelligence sharing practices). The brief challenges the government efforts to expand surveillance of U.S. citizens in the interest of national security.

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