Two New Cases Regarding NSA Surveillance
The 9th Circuit has decided a pair of cases involving the NSA Surveillance Program.
In Jewel v. NSA, the 9th Circuit concluded that plaintiffs had standing to raise constitutional challenges against NSA telephone surveillance:
At issue in this appeal is whether Carolyn Jewel and other residential telephone customers (collectively “Jewel”) have standing to bring their statutory and constitutional claims against the government for what they describe as a communications dragnet of ordinary American citizens. In light of detailed allegations and claims of harm linking Jewel to the intercepted telephone, internet and electronic communications, we conclude that Jewel’s claims are not abstract, generalized grievances and instead meet the constitutional standing requirement of concrete injury.
In In re NSA Telecommunications Litigation, the 9th Circuit held that § 802 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”), 50 U.S.C. § 1885a (the FISA Amendments
Act) is constitutional. The Act retroactively immunized telecommunication companies for cooperating with the NSA.