Why You Can’t Sue the Government for Spying on You
To make a very complicated story simple, a district court judge dismissed the case in 2011, and today, the appellate court affirmed that decision. The Obama administration still hasn’t taken a position on whether it considered that old NSA program illegal.
In dismissing the case, the court agreed with the precedent set in two other cases, which basically said that Americans don’t even have the right to sue their government over its surveillance program, unless they can prove that their communications were intercepted. Of course, that’s essentially impossible since the program is classified and you can’t use classified documents in court, even if you somehow got your hands on them.