Divided Supreme Court Finds Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Challenge Surveillance Law

Divided Supreme Court Finds Plaintiffs Lack Standing To Challenge Surveillance Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a 5-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 held that Amnesty International USA and others lacked standing to bring a constitutional challenge to an amended portion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) under a "theory of future injury" they will purportedly face with broader surveillance powers extended to the U.S. government under the amendment (James R. Clapper Jr., et al. v. Amnesty International USA, et al., No. 11-1025, U.S. Sup.; 2013 U.S. LEXIS 1858).

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