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ACLU sues U.S. government over monitoring international calls and emails

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Following recent revelations that the NSA has been collecting our phone records and email logs and also gathering our personal information in social media venues like Facebook, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in N.Y. against the U.S. government on Dec. 30 seeking a court order for the feds to “turn over information about the rules governing how it monitors Americans’ international calls and emails.”

In its lawsuit, according to Politico, the civil rights group stated that:

… its Freedom of Information Act requests since May had been largely ignored by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the Department of State.

The ACLU said that government agencies have been remiss in providing documentation “related to what it calls the sweeping monitoring of Americans’ international communications.”

The lawsuit seeks to ascertain, in part, how the government decides what to monitor, and what not to monitor.

The ACLU also wants the government to explain what protections are in place for Americans whose calls and emails are being reviewed, and whether or not our legal protections under the law are sufficient.

The lawsuit said legal standards and limitations are sought rather than operational details.

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School following a concern that Americans’ communications are being monitored “without any real oversight.”

Also see:

NSA gathering our personal data and connections from social media sites

Edward Snowden: NSA leaker charged with espionage

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