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The "American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit challenging the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 on the day it was enacted. The case was filed on behalf of a broad coalition of attorneys and human rights, labor, legal, and media organizations whose ability to perform their work—which relies on confidential communications—could be compromised by the new law. The complaint, captioned Amnesty et al. v McConnell and filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, argued that the eavesdropping law violated people's rights to free speech and privacy under the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution. The case was dismissed from the district court on the grounds that the plaintiffs could not prove their claims, but was revived in March 2011 by the "United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which disagreed. The subsequent citation was "Amnesty v. Blair. On February 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit, deciding that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue.
In an internet broadcast interview with "Timothy Ferriss, "Daniel Ellsberg compared the current incarnation of FISA to the East German "Stasi. Ellsberg stated that the powers which were currently being given to the federal government through this and other recent amendments to FISA since the "September 11 attacks opened the door to abuses of power and unwarranted surveillance.
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