Hot! Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Surveillance Law

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On Tuesday the Supreme Court threw out a case challenging a federal law that allows surveillance of some international communications.

U.S. human rights group, journalists, and lawyers are not allowed to challenge the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which authorized mass surveillance by the U.S., “without identifying specific targets, for the purpose of monitoring foreigners outside the country and gathering intelligence,” reports Reuters.

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President Bush had created the act after 9/11 in order to authorize warrantless wiretaps. Four years ago when the act expired, Congress reinstated parts of it.

The Court ruled that activists groups did not have a legal standing to challenge the law as they could not prove they were targets of the program or suffered any injury.

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