Obama Admin. Fighting Against Supreme Court Assessment of NSA Spying — Scared of Transparency?

By on October 18, 2013

by Ali Papademetriou

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency in June, arguing that its surveillance is a violation of American citizens’ constitutional rights.

Early next month is the deadline for the Obama administration to hand in a response to the Supreme Court over the suit. With the government shutdown, the administration requested that the lawsuit be pushed back – but the Supreme Court denied the appeal.

If it is essential that the spying continue despite the lack of appropriations, then it is equally essential that the question of whether the spying is lawful also go forward,” wrote Richard Wiebe, EFF attorney, in a court filing.

Such reluctance unofficially confirms many Americans’ viewpoint that the NSA has much to hide. Now, the administration is fighting back to avoid being held accountable, but in this instance it’s with another court case.

In July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a petition with the Supreme Court to end the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s order that demands Verizon to provide the NSA all of its telephone records.

The Obama administration is arguing that the Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction and that the case should be left to subservient courts.

EPIC says that the Intelligence Court surpasses its legal powers and is acting incongruent to the Constitution.

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