In a shocking revelation, three whistleblowers from the National Security Agency (NSA) have confirmed the nightmares you’ve had since watching “Enemy of the State” 14 years ago. The three have come forward to present evidence in the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lawsuit against the government, claiming that a mass surveillance program is in the works.
The case, Jewel v. NSA, details facts that imply that the NSA “is in the process of obtaining, the capability to seize and store most electronic communications passing through its U.S. intercept centers, such as the ‘secret room’ at the AT&T facility in San Francisco.”
EFF has been making its case for a while now, and this is a huge step forward.
“For years, government lawyers have been arguing that our case is too secret for the courts to consider, despite the mounting confirmation of widespread mass illegal surveillance of ordinary people,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “Now we have three former NSA officials confirming the basic facts. Neither the Constitution nor federal law allow the government to collect massive amounts of communications and data of innocent Americans and fish around in it in case it might find something interesting. This kind of power is too easily abused. We’re extremely pleased that more whistleblowers have come forward to help end this massive spying program.”
William E. Binney, Thomas A. Drake, and J. Kirk Wiebe are the three former NSA employees who have come forward to speak in support of the lawsuit. The three were subjected to federal investigations to determine the source of leaks to the New York Times, which first wrote about the warrantless wiretapping program. They were all cleared of the charges or had their charges dropped.
EFF is now arguing that the Federal Governments claims of the subject being a state secret is no longer a valid defense to keep the case from proceeding in court.
“The NSA warrantless surveillance programs have been the subject of widespread reporting and debate for more than six years now. They are just not a secret,” said EFF Attorney Lee Tien. “Yet the government keeps making the same ‘state secrets’ claims again and again. It’s time for Americans to have their day in court and for a judge to rule on the legality of this massive surveillance.”
To see a full motion of the call for a summary judgement, visit the link below: