Court Finds N.S.A. Phone Data Gathering Program Illegal

A three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the National Security Agency’s once-secret, bulk gathering of phone records of millions of Americans is illegal under the USA Patriot Act, the nation’s main counterterrorism law. “The government takes the position that the metadata collected — a vast amount of which […]

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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: “The more I read and the more I listen, the more apparent it is that our society suffers from an alarming degree of public ignorance,” retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said in a speech in Boise, Idaho, according to the Idaho Statesman. She […]

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Domestic Surveillance Under Secret Court Order is Exposed

The Guardian newspaper triggered immediate controversy when it reported on Wednesday, “The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.” The report by the United Kingdom-based newspaper about surveillance activities carried out under the […]

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LA Times: 9/11 Suspects Deprived of 'Gold Standard' of Justice

Five accused 9/11 terrorists including admitted architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed are facing charges before a military commission system that is improved, but that “simply doesn’t afford the defendants the gold standard of American justice,” a Los Angeles Times editorial said. The editorial was entitled “Justice and the 9/11 defendants: A military tribunal is not the best […]

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In Terror Case, Debate Renewed Over Tribunals

Five accused 9/11 terrorists including admitted architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will be arraigned Saturday at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in what some have called the “prosecutions of the century.” The proceedings are renewing debate over the removal of the case to a military tribunal from a federal courtroom. A Reuters article previewing the upcoming […]

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