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DOJ asks federal court to block state probes of NSA domestic spying

he US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal district judge Thursday to block New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Missouri, and Connecticut from investigating potential violations of state consumer privacy laws in the controversial warrantless domestic surveillance program, arguing that the state secrets privilege doctrine bars the state governments from subpoenaing ten telecommunication companies to determine what information they passed onto the National Security Agency (NSA)...

Walker is also currently presiding over a class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) brought the class action against AT&T in January 2006, alleging that the company had unlawfully provided the NSA with access to its facilities and resources to unconstitutionally spy on "millions of ordinary Americans."

Friday, June 22, 2007
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