U.S. Destroyed Key Spy Records, EFF Claims
Whether found to be right or wrong, I have to agree with destroying the records. While sequestered the data was private, requiring FISA court orders or other mechanisms to search. If they were to become evidence in a court then all that data would become public, with the EFF being the group responsible for the exposure of private records.
So right or wrong, I’m glad the records are gone.
The government violated court orders to preserve records showing that the National Security Agency illegally spied on ordinary Americans, a digital watchdog group says.
In a brief filed Friday in federal court in Oakland, Calif., the Electronic Frontier Foundation insists there is “now no doubt” that the government destroyed records it collected on its own citizens, including the plaintiffs in a 2008 lawsuit challenging the NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program.
Lead plaintiff Carolyn Jewel, represented by the EFF, accused the agency of misusing the program to eavesdrop on millions of emails and phone calls in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
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