9th Circ. Weighs NSA, Telecom Wiretapping Suits

Law360, New York (September 1, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday weighed whether dozens of appeals challenging the U.S. government's alleged domestic electronic surveillance program — as well as various telecommunications companies' alleged complicity in that program — could move forward.

The government, without admitting whether or not the surveillance program exists, has invoked the state secrets privilege in its defense, arguing that continuing the lawsuits will expose classified information that will harm national security interests.

During the hearing, held in Seattle, U.S. Department of Justice attorney H. Thomas Byron III said...
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