Bush is being sued

September 23, 2008 at 2:00 am 1 comment

I’ve been waiting for this. I’ve blogged at length about the US Government’s illegal wiretapping agenda. If you missed it, go to my Bush, The Magician post. And now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency on behalf of AT&T customers. AT&T’s domestic communications networks were used to illegally snoop on American citizens. Five plaintiffs are suing the pants off Bush, Cheney, David Addington (Cheney’s Chief of Staff), Alberto Gonzales (former Attorney General and White House Counsel) – as individuals complicit in the wiretapping fiasco. This is really going to test the legality of the FISA Act and hold Bush and his cronies accountable.

Jewel v NSA is the name of the lawsuit and it aims to challenge the illegal and unconstitutional dragnet of surveillance the NSA has been undertaking in concert with telecom companies like AT&T. The legal intent is to have the FISA Act declared unconstitutional and award damages to the five plaintiffs. And here’s the really good bit: they are seeking damages from the US Government AND the individual officials responsible for creating the surveillance programme (ah, that would be you Bush and your cronies).

The legal claims being raised in the lawsuit are:

  • Violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution
  • Violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution
  • Unlawful electronic surveillance or disclosure or use of information obtained by electronic surveillance in violation of 50 U.S.C. §1809.
  • Unlawful interception, use or disclosure of Class communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2511
  • Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of the contents of communications in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(1) or (a)(2)
  • Unlawful solicitation and obtained disclosure of non-content records or other information in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2702(a)(3)
  • Violation of the Administrative Procedures Act
  • Violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers

I’m pleased to see violation of the separation of powers – I’ve ranted about this before. Of course, Congress granted immunity to the telecommunications companies but not the Government itself so the EFF has found a way to challenge the NSA domestic spying programme. Go here to read more about the lawsuit.


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  • 1. brian o'reilly  |  August 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    My name is Brian O’Reilly I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a computer technician,I received a phone call from President George Bush JR at the whitehouse,I was told to leave my job, pay my bills, change my name, and leave the area,and never mention a word of this to anyone, people I worked with were there when the president called, People I worked with kept asking me If I knew him,and asked me why he called,I then contacted my manager and submitted a transfer to the Charlestown facility that M.G.H has,I was so nervous after receiving that phone call from Bush I left my job and left the state,and ended up homeless,all because of a phone call from the whitehouse that I had no explanation for,president George Bush Jr turned me into a homeless person on purpose.and used his position as president to do so, I have witnesses to verify he called.this is wrong considering that I don’t work for the whitehouse or the president,I am sure that no one would like this done to them,he had no right to do this to me,I also found out I was under Surveillance, I am making sure everyone knows that BUSH did this,including the press,I want justice….please send this to other people,thank you.
    brian o’reilly,the pine street inn shelter,444 harrison ave,Boston,MA


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