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Supreme Court rejects challenge to counterspying techniques

The Supreme Court rejected a civil liberties challenge to post-Sept. 11 law enforcement spying on Monday, refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the boundaries of a law that gave the government broader surveillance authority after the terrorist attacks. The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations wanted the justices to consider when the government should be allowed to monitor someone’s telephone conversations and e-mail, then use the information to prosecute them. The Bush administration has argued that the surveillance, and a special court that oversees sensitive domestic espionage tactics, are indispensable tools in the war on terror. The ACLU used an unusual maneuver to get the case to the Supreme Court, filing an appeal on behalf of people who don’t even know they’re being monitored. The justices would have had to give special permission to allow it. They refused, without comment. Full Story

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