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Supreme Court asked to stop NSA telephone surveillance


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07/08/2013 04:56 PM

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Supreme Court asked to stop NSA telephone surveillance
Supreme Court asked to stop NSA telephone surveillance
By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
updated 4:41 PM EDT, Mon July 8, 2013

Privacy rights group seeks Supreme Court review, bypassing lower courts
Electronic Privacy Information Center says only justices can resolve issues at stake
Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to stop the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communications data.
In an emergency appeal filed Monday, a privacy rights group claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records, and said only the justices could resolve the statutory issues at stake.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed its petition directly with the high court, bypassing the usual step of going to the lower federal courts first. Such a move makes it much harder for the justices to intervene now, but the privacy group argues "exceptional ramifications" demand judicial review now.