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Jewel v. NSA

Jewel v. NSA
Court U.S. District Court, N.D. California
Full case name Carolyn Jewel; Tash Hepting; Gregory Hicks; Erik Knutzen; Joice Walton, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated v. National Security Agency; Keith B. Alexander, Director; Michael V. Hayden; United States of America; George W. Bush, President of the United States; Richard B. Cheney; David S. Addington; Dep't. of Justice; Alberto R. Gonzales, John D. Ashcroft, John M. McConnell, Dir. of National Intelligence; John D. Negroponte; Michael B. Mukasey, Att'y General; Barack Hussein Obama; Eric H. Holder, Jr., Att'y General; Dennis C. Blair
Citation(s) 673 F. 3d 902 (Ct.App., 9th Cir., 2011); No C 08-cv-4373 VRW, MDL No C 06-1791 VRW, No C 07-0693 VRW (Dist.Ct., N.D. CA January 10, 2010 and February 4, 2010)
Case history
Appealed to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Jewel v. National Security Agency is a

  • Complaint copy at EFF website
  • Jewel v. NSA page at EFF website
  • Ninth Circuit 29 December 2011 opinion
  • "Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 

External links

  1. ^ Mullins, K. J. (September 20, 2008). Aims To Stop Illegal Surveillance"Jewel v. NSA".  
  2. ^ (copy of complaint)"Jewel v. National Security Agency".  
  3. ^ Kravets, David (July 15, 2009). "Obama Claims Immunity, As New Spy Case Takes Center Stage".  
  4. ^ Kravets, David (January 22, 2010). "Judge Tosses NSA Spy Cases".  
  5. ^ Jeralyn (December 29, 2011). "9th Circuit Allows Wiretap Suit Against NSA to Proceed". Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sworn Declaration of Whistleblower William Binney on NSA Domestic Surveillance Capabilities". Public Intelligence. July 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ McCullagh, Declan (July 8, 2013). "Judge: Lawsuit alleging illegal NSA spying may continue".  
  8. ^ Savage, Charlie; Sanger, David. E (December 21, 2013). "White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts".  
  9. ^ "DNI Announces the Declassification of the Existence of Collection Activities Authorized by President George W. Bush Shortly After the Attacks of September 11, 2001". IC ON THE RECORD.  
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See also

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On March 14, 2014, Judge [10]

The case was dismissed on January 21, 2010, by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, who concluded that the plaintiffs lacked legal standing because their claims amounted to a "general grievance" against the government.[4] On appeal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the case on December 29, 2011.[5] NSA whistleblower William Binney testified in July 2012 in support of the EFF that the NSA was "purposefully violating the Constitution".[6] On July 8, 2013, Judge Jeffrey White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California declined to dismiss the lawsuit under the state secrets privilege.[7] Later in 2013 the court ordered the government to explain the effects of intelligence leaks about the NSA's surveillance activities, primarily by Edward Snowden, on the national security impact of the case. The NSA reasserted the state secrets privilege on December 20, 2013, and declassified portions of its assertions of the state secrets privilege the following day.[8][9]

The case was filed on behalf of Carolyn Jewel and several other AT&T customers on September 18, 2008, and is based on documentation provided by former AT&T technician Mark Klein.[3]



  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

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