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Divorce lawyer who thought he could beat NSA in court, couldn’t

This is the man challenging the government’s spying programs. (credit: Elliott Schuchardt) Unsurprisingly, the Pennsylvania lawyer who tried to single-handedly challenge the Obama Administration’s surveillance infrastructure has had his case dismissed. Like similar cases, it was tossed for lack of standing. While Elliott Schuchardt talked tough, US District Judge Cathy Bissoon found that he could […]

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EFF asks appeals court to “shut down the Eastern District of Texas”

Two unidentified men leave the federal courthouse in Marshall, Texas, in 2008. (Photo by Mario Villafuerte/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images) The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have asked a federal appeals court to make big changes to the rules governing venue in patent cases. The two public interest groups are seeking to file an amicus brief […]

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European Parliament votes to shield Snowden from extradition to US

An EU flag at the European Parliament. (credit: European Parliament) By a vote of 285 to 281, the European Parliament passed a resolution today calling on member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection, and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The move is a “recognition of his status as […]

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Court says it’s legal for NSA to spy on you because Congress says it’s OK

(credit: thierry ehrmann) You gotta love this twisted logic. In May, a federal appeals court declared the National Security Agency’s bulk telephone metadata collection program illegal because it wasn’t authorized under the Patriot Act, as the Obama administration and its predecessor administration had maintained. Then, in June, Congress semi-dismantled the program with the passage of […]