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Clapper v. Amnesty International USA
On February 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2008 federal statute that expanded the authority of federal officials to engage in overseas electronic surveillance. The decision was a victory for WLF and a bipartisan group of six former Attorneys General that it represented in the case. The Court agreed with WLF that the plaintiffs have not been injured by the new law and thus lacked standing to maintain their suit. It noted that the law prohibits the targeting of U.S. citizens, and the plaintiffs are citizens. Nor can the plaintiffs create their own injury-in-fact by pointing to funds they expended to diminish the possibility of surveillance (e.g., traveling overseas to speak directly to potential surveillance targets), the Court said. WLF filed its brief on behalf of former U.S. Attorneys General John Ashcroft, William P. Barr, Benjamin Civiletti, Edwin Meese III, Michael Mukasey, and Dick Thornburgh.
Case Status:
Victory.
More Information and Downloads:
8/2/2012: Download the Brief
3/19/2012: Download the Brief

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