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Baxendale Walker – Surveillance Rights Supreme Court to hear case debating US government’s surveillance rights A US Amendment created in 2008, which authorised intelligence agencies of the government to listen in on internet communications, is being questioned by the Supreme Court. The judges on the court will hear a case which debates whether the Baxendale Walker government should have the right to this kind of surveillance activity.

The case will explore whether or not plaintiffs will have the legal right to challenge the Foreign Surveillance Act. The Act allowed the US Government to bypass any submissions to a special judge, which they would have previously needed in order to monitor online communications, and instead the National Intelligence director and the US attorney general can simply apply for permission for authorisation for mass surveillance. Human rights groups, journalists and attorneys have repeatedly raised concerns about the 2008 federal law. In particular, the law has been deemed unconstitutional by the ACLU, or American Civil Liberties Union, who have since sued both the National Intelligence Director and the attorney general. The legal director of the union, Jameel Jaffer, has stated that the government right to surveillance must be limited to the constitution. The plaintiffs in the case argued that they had a legal Baxendale Walker right to put forward a lawsuit, based on the fact that they believed their overseas communications has been monitored, and had lead to expenses taken to protect their online privacy. The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge, however this ruling was later overturned in the appeals courts, which has now lead to the current case being heard by the Supreme Court. The arguments of the case will begin in the autumn term of this year, in October, and a ruling is likely to be decided early in 2013.


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