DOJ asks federal appeals court to drop 'moot' domestic surveillance lawsuit Michael Sung at 9:05 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] asked [submission, PDF; declaration, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Thursday to drop the DOJ's appeal [JURIST report] of a lower court ruling [PDF opinion] declaring the NSA domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] unconstitutional. The Justice Department argued that the lawsuit [ACLU case materials] is moot because "electronic surveillance not subject to the FISC court" no longer exists. Ann Beeson [official profile], associate legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website], told AP that the ACLU plans to file a response Friday, as "the case is not moot if there's any remote possibility that the government is going to violate the law again."
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