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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.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31]


In an internet broadcast interview with "Timothy Ferriss, "Daniel Ellsberg compared the current incarnation of FISA to the East German "Stasi.[32] 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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  1. ^ "U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote Summary, Vote 00168, 100th Congress, 2nd Session". 2008-07-09. 
  2. ^ Sanders, Katie (April 9, 2015). "Fact-checking John Oliver's interview with Edward Snowden about NSA surveillance". "Tampa Bay Times. 
  3. ^ "Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts". NYT's Risen & Lichtblau's December 16, 2005 "Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts". Archived from the original on February 6, 2006. Retrieved February 18, 2006.  via
  4. ^ "Gonzales Letter" (PDF). New York Times. 
  5. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (20 June 2008). "Deal Reached in Congress to Rewrite Rules on Wiretapping". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Mark Klein - AT&T WhistleBlower". MSNBC/YouTube. 
  7. ^ "U.S. CODE: Title 50, section 1809. Criminal sanctions". 
  8. ^ "U.S. CODE: Title 18, section 2511. Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications prohibited". 
  9. ^ "Congress extends foreign surveillance law". Associated Press. 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  10. ^ Wihbey, John (2013-07-15). "NSA surveillance: Clarifying and distinguishing two data collection programs". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  11. ^ Kane, Paul (2008-06-21). "House Passes Spy Bill; Senate Expected to Follow". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ "Final Vote Results For Roll Call 437, June 20, 2008". 
  13. ^ a b "Senators Block Consideration of Wiretap Bill". CNN. 2008-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Vote Summary On Dodd Amendment (No. 5064) to Strike Title II". 2008-07-09. 
  15. ^ "Vote Summary On A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence, and for other purposes.". 2008-07-09. 
  16. ^ Smith, Lamar. "H.R. 5949: FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012". Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Savage, Charlie (13 September 2012). "Judge Rules Against Law on Indefinite Detention". New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Bond, Kit (19 June 2012). "FISA Amendments Act of 2008". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Vote Summary On "A bill to extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years."". 2012-12-28. 
  20. ^ FISA Warrantless Wiretapping Bill Poised For Renewal
  21. ^ President Obama Quietly Renews Warrantless Wiretap Law for 5 Years
  22. ^ Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 5949
  23. ^ Schatz, Amy (2008-07-08). "Paul Camp, Liberals Unite On Spy Bill". Wall Street Journal. 
  24. ^ Hess, Pamela (2008-07-09). "Senate Immunizes Telecom Firms From Wiretap Lawsuits". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  25. ^ a b "FISA Amendments Act of 2008" – Section 702, subsection h, paragraph 3; Section 703, subsection e.
  26. ^ a b ""FISA Amendments Act of 2008"". 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  27. ^ "FISA Amendment Act Wall Street Journal". 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  28. ^ "ACLU Sues Over Unconstitutional Dragnet Wiretapping Law". American Civil Liberties Union. 2008-07-10. 
  29. ^ "Amnesty et al. v McConnell Complaint" (PDF). American Civil Liberties Union. 2008-07-10. 
  30. ^ "Amnesty et al. v. Blair: Victory in FISA Amendment Act Challenge", ACLU. March 21, 2011. Accessed March 22, 2011
  31. ^ Tim Phillips, "Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Warrantless Eavesdropping Law", Activist Defense, February 27, 2013.
  32. ^ "What Every American Needs to Know (and Do) About FISA Today | Tim Ferriss". YouTube. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 

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