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  •  Agree, but it's the "nutjobs" they're watching (1+ / 0-)
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    FogCityJohn

    It seems to me that there are two classes of people who might have standing in a lawsuit:

    1) Everybody. That is, they are collecting some kind of data on virtually everyone, and they have admitted that. If it can be proven that at least some of this was illegal (despite the claims of legality by supporters of these programs), then a massive class action lawsuit might be possible.

    2) Persons of interest. That is, targeted surveillance and data collection on people deemed a threat. Mostly the public thinks this means "Islamic terrorists", but there's evidence and a lot of speculation that the NSA has targeted on other groups, including human rights activists, environmentalists, hacktivists, climate change activists, etc. Who knows, maybe they take a special interest in problematic politicians like Rand Paul (or Jeff Merkley, or Alan Grayson)? Those people would have even stronger ground for legal action, but they would need to get some proof, which as you point out is the tricky bit.

    Then of course, there's the likelihood that even with evidence in hand, the courts may refuse to proceed with legal action on national security grounds, as they have so many times before...

    "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

    by quill on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:06:04 PM PST

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