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ACLU Asks High Court to Set Spy Limits

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. 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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