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  •  After Snowden's leak, this opinion is now outdated (6+ / 0-)

    This argument

    Even if respondents could show that the Government will seek the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s authorization to acquire the communications of respondents’ foreign contacts under §1881a, respondents can only speculate as to whether that court will authorize such surveillance.
     no longer holds water.

    Snowden's leak was an actual order from a FISA judge ordering Verizon to provide the government with all this data.  Thanks to that leak, everybody knows that a FISA court DID in fact authorize the surveillance.

    •  Exactly. *And* the court has egg on its face (0+ / 0-)

      because what it classifed as "speculation" has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt.  I realize that that doesn't have a legal effect, but it may tick off the court members who just got embarassed by the NSA.

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