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Critics Scrutinize Fed's Spy Powers

Civil liberties groups are using an unusual legal maneuver to challenge the government’s spying authority, filing a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of people who don’t even know they’re being monitored. The court, however, could refuse to even consider the appeal, the first post-Sept. 11 anti-terror case to reach the justices. Meanwhile, another measure – this one ordered by the Transportation Security Administration – has come under fire by civil liberties groups and prompted legal scholars to question whether random searches of vehicles at airport terminals violated states’ rights, the Washington Post reports. The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations asked the court Tuesday to consider the boundaries of a law that gave the government broader spying authority after the terrorist attacks. The ACLU argued that a review court misinterpreted the Patriot Act, making it too easy for the government to get permission to listen to telephone conversations, read e-mail or search private property, then use the information in criminal cases. Full Story

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