Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Argument on Warrantless Wiretapping Cases

On August 31, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in Shubert v. Obama, a case brought by ECBA on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Americans whose telephone and e-mail communications were subject to warrantless surveillance by the National Security Agency as part of a massive secret dragnet program. The case was dismissed by District Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010, and the federal government now claims that to further litigate the case would violate the so-called “state secrets privilege.” ECBA attorney Ilann Maazel argued on behalf of the plaintiffs, and ECBA attorney Adam Pulver joined Mr. Maazel in writing the briefs. The case was argued in conjunction with Jewel v. National Security Agency, a similar case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

For more information on the case, see:  eff.org,  wired.com , or businessweek.com.

An audio recording of the argument is available  here.

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