In a blow for Americans’ privacy rights, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to let stand an appeals court ruling blocking the release of an internal Justice Department memo regarding a contested method of phone record collection.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco, had argued that the public has a right to know the legal methods by which the Justice Department authorized the FBI to access phone records from telephone companies for terrorism investigations. The memo was written in 2010.
...Still, this case goes to the heart of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights. Someone has to step in — and if the court won’t do it, Congress must.