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(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would not review a ruling by the secretive intelligence court that gave the government access to records kept by Verizon Communications Inc on millions of telephone calls.
The long-shot case was brought to the high court by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research organization. It was the first time the high-profile issue has come before the justices since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began in June to leak secret documents detailing American surveillance programs.
The NSA used records like those provided by Verizon as part of the spy agency's counterterrorism surveillance activities.
The court rejected the case in a one-sentence order.
The Obama administration argued in papers presented to the court that under existing law, only the U.S. government or Verizon itself could challenge a ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Коротко: Верховный Суд США отказал буквально в одном предложении в рассмотрении дела по нелегальной прослушке граждан, признав тем самым прерогативу некоего секретного суда (да-да, СЕКРЕТНОГО СУДА!!!) поступать так, как там сочтут нужным. Администрация Обамы указала на то, что претензии могут выдвигать или Верайзон, который предоставил прослушку правительству, или само правительство, а не какие-то там убогие граждане.
Tags: США, разведка, суд

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