Description: Join EFF Senior Staff Attorney David Greene for special talk entitled "The Case(s) Against NSA Surveillance." Admission is free to the public.
The U.S. government, with assistance from telecommunications carriers such as AT&T, has engaged in dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of Americans since at least 2001. Since this surveillance story was first reported by the press and discovered by the public in late 2005, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been at the forefront of opposition, asserting that government programs have violated the law and the Constitution. In 2006, EFF filed the first case against a cooperating telecommunications carrier for violating its customers' privacy. Congress expressly intervened and passed the FISA Amendments Act, resulting in the dismissal of that case. In 2008, EFF sued the National Security Administration (NSA) to stop warrantless wiretapping, and in July 2013, a federal judge in Jewel v. NSA ruled that the government could not rely on the state secrets privilege to block a constitutional challenge to the program. Also in July 2013, EFF filed another lawsuit after a published FISA court order revealed an NSA demand to Verizon to turn over metadata from all customer phone records. David Greene is senior staff attorney at EFF and an experienced First Amendment litigator who has worked in public interest advocacy and private practice. He will speak at UMass Law on March 3 about EFF litigation against the NSA and the related developments in electronic free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights law.
Main EFF page on the NSA: https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying
Contact: UMass Law Faculty