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“It’s a disturbing decision,” ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said “The sweeping surveillance statute has far-reaching implications for Americans’ privacy.”

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court rejected the challenge against the federal government’s warrantless wiretapping program. You might recall that the eavesdropping program was secretly employed in the wake of 9/11 by the Bush administration, and now has been greatly expanded by the Obama administration.

The controversy started when the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2008 allowed the National Security Agency to conduct widespread surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and emails.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. says that the plaintiffs lack standing because they cannot demonstrate that the future injury they purportedly fear is certainly impending and because they cannot manufacture standing by incurring costs in anticipation of non-imminent harm … blah blah etc etc…

The decision was a clear victory for the Obama administration, which like its predecessor, argued that government wiretapping laws cannot be challenged in court.

Slowly but surely America is changing from the ‘Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’ to the ‘Land of the Corrupted and the Home of the Silenced.’

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