Friday, February 13, 2015

Jewel vs NSA

Jewel vs NSA is an ongoing landmark suit challenging the behavior of ATT in funneling email traffic to the NSA without prior cause or warrant.  The current regime has tried repeatedly to bury the case by claiming that hearing it would expose state secrets.

So far the suit, filed in 2008, continues to be neither be heard nor quashed and continues in a disputed limbo of legalities. Although it struck a considerable obstacle to progress a few weeks ago.

I draw your attention to this case not only because of its overall importance in finding the balance between legitimate government surveillance and individual rights to privacy, but also as a shout out to the conspicuous role played by plaintiff, Carolyn Jewel.  Who, as it happens, it a member of the romance writing community.


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