February 26, 2013, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a case challenging the expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act:
The Center for Constitutional Rights is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision denying journalists, human rights organizations and attorneys the right to challenge an overreaching and possibly unconstitutional surveillance law that targets Americans without probable cause. The Court’s decision, while narrow, puts up unnecessary and technical hurdles to challenging the legality of this controversial program. The opinion of the four dissenting justices reflects a better understanding of the judiciary’s role in questioning and checking the legality of Executive Branch surveillance practices. We will continue to challenge the surveillance of Americans in our case currently pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Center for Constitutional Rights v. Obama.
The Ninth Circuit had originally scheduled oral argument in Center for Constitutional Rights v. Obama for June 1, 2012, but when the Supreme Court agreed last May to hear today’s case, Clapper v. Obama, brought by the ACLU, the judges postponed argument in CCR’s case until the Clapper decision. The Ninth Circuit may now request supplemental briefs in light of the Supreme Court’s decision and reschedule argument.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.