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EFF battles NSA as Senate Committee Issues Subpoenas

June 22, 2007

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday  to authorize subpoenas related to the National Security Agency (NSA)'s domestic spying program.

In a Media Alert,  the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston said "the subpoena authorization is a critical first step toward uncovering the full extent of the NSA's illegal spying and the role that telecommunications companies like AT&T played in it.

"Considering that it's been almost six years since the NSA started spying on Americans without warrants and over a year since that spying was revealed publicly, these subpoenas are long overdue," Bankston added. "It's high time for Congress to get to the bottom of this mess."

In a directly related matter, the Electronic Frontier Foundationis suing AT&T for illegally assisting in the NSA spying. Claiming that revelations in that case could reveal state secrets, the U.S. Government is asking for the EFF motion be blocked.

"Our case against AT&T includes evidence from a former employee that points to a massive spying program impacting millions of people -- a program far broader than the government has admitted to," said Bankston. "Americans deserve to know the truth about the NSA program."

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