Civil liberties groups file suit against NSA

by Wes Bruer | CNN / KETV.com  |  published on March 13, 2015

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WASHINGTON—Nearly a dozen civil liberties groups have filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency regarding the agency’s “upstream” surveillance, which is alleged to include monitoring of almost all international, and many domestic, text-based communications.

The suit, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, was filed on Tuesday in a Maryland District Court “challenges the suspicionless seizure and searching of Internet traffic” by the NSA on U.S. soil, according to court documents.

The plaintiffs argue that to do their jobs they must be able to exchange information in confidence, free from warrantless government search which undermines the named organizations’ ability to communicate with clients, victims of human rights abuses, government officials and other civil society groups.

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