June 23, 2006 | By Rebecca Jeschke

EFF Battles Government's Motion to Dismiss AT&T Surveillance Case

EFF went to court today to tell a federal judge that the government should not be allowed to use the "state secrets privilege" to preempt our class-action lawsuit against AT&T. The Department of Justice argues that even if the NSA program is illegal, pursuing the case might expose "state secrets." However, in court today, EFF attorneys asked the judge to allow the case to proceed -- considering the privilege step-by-step instead of derailing the suit all together.

The courtroom was packed today with reporters and others closely watching this critical case. If you are as concerned as we are by the government's power grab over your personal information, please consider donating to EFF to help stop this illegal spying.

Watch video of the post-hearing press conference and see more pictures after the cut:

Video from Micah Schaffer:

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Post-hearing photos from Quinn Norton.

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