Monday, November 18, 2013

High Court Refuses to Hear NSA Phone Spying; Refusal Denies Millions of Americans of Privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a notice today (November 18, 2013) acknowledging -- without comment -- that it would not take up the matter introduced last June by a privacy watchdog group, after NSA (National Security Agency) leaker Edward Snowden revealed evidence showing that the US Intelligence Agency was collecting private information on the phone calls of millions of American customers of the Verizon company on a regular basis, the World News Views website reports.

The disclosures leaked by Snowden prompted the Washington, DC-based Electronic Privacy Information Center -- or EPIC -- to ask the Supreme Court to take action to end the collection of phone records by NSA on a major scale.

EPIC said it believed NSA's unrestricted collection of private communications data violated the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

However, the Supreme Court today denied EPIC its plea to be heard. Needless to say, the court's  denial is a sad blow to the privacy to which Americans are entitled -- as well as to the American system of jurisprudence.

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