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ACLU et al sue US government over consitutionality of FISA Amendments Act

Last Wednesday was a pretty dark day for me and millions of other constitution-loving people when Congress passed the the FISA Amendments Act that included retroactive immunity for US telecommunications companies who’d participated in the Bush administration’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program of US citizens.

Well, a little ray of sunshine just broke through those dark clouds when, according to Threat Level (Wired News blog), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit Thursday (along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)), challenging the constitutionality of the act. The ACLU contends (.pdf) that the expanded spying power violates the Constitution’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

If you can afford it, please consider donating to one or both of those orgs (link to EFF, ACLU) so they can keep up the good fight! (disclosure: I’m a proud EFF member!).

UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald has more including a podcast interview with Jameel Jaffer, the Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.

[Thanks BoingBoing!]

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