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EFF files against AT&T surveillance
Published: 2006-04-07

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed legal briefs and evidence against AT&T, claiming they are diverting Internet traffic to the NSA for widespread secret surveillance and possibly breaking federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment.

According to a statement by the EFF regarding AT&T's "dragnet" surveillance program, the case filing includes a declaration by Mark Klein, a former technician with AT&T who claims to have knowledge of the surveillance. The filing also includes several internal AT&T documents. According to EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston, "The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment."

In the EFF statement, EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn says, "The public deserves to know about AT&T's illegal program. In an abundance of caution, we are providing AT&T with an opportunity to explain itself before this material goes on the public docket, but we believe that justice will ultimately require full disclosure."

The NSA secret surveillance program first came to light in December, and then in January the government was sued by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) over the allegedly illegal and broad spying of ordinary American citizens, now thought to be broader spying than was originally reported.

The New York Times reports today that the U.S. Department of Justice requested the documents for this latest case be filed under seal to avoid the disclosing of proprietary information. However, in a case page by the EFF, a set of documents has also been made available to the public for those seeking more details about the case.

Posted by: Kelly Martin
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