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Supreme Court refusal to block NSA data collection not surprising

Jaikumar Vijayan | Nov. 20, 2013
With two cases pending in lower courts, justices probably wanted to defer decisions to them

Historically, courts have played a significant role in protecting civil rights and guarding against overreach by the government. "This week's decision undercuts that role since Congress gave exclusive authority to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and Review Court to hear cases involving domestic surveillance," he noted. "But only the government is empowered to appear before either court or bring cases before them."


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