May 5, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Court Calls FCC CALEA Ruling "Gobbledygook ... Utter Nonsense"

Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a suit brought by EFF and a coalition of public interest, industry, and academic groups challenging the FCC's unjustified expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The suit argues that the FCC ignored the plain language of CALEA by forcing broadband and VoIP providers to become wiretap-friendly.

According to News.com, the court is also skeptical of the FCC's power over Internet services:

"'This is wholly ridiculous,' [Judge Harry] Edwards said, saying that Congress' meaning was clear. The FCC's argument 'is such gobbedlygook, it's really funny.... It's utter nonsense.'"

AP also reported on the hearing.


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