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Eavesdropping Suit Stays Alive

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Yesterday a federal judge in San Francisco refused to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's suit against AT&T over its participation in the NSA's warrantless surveillance program. The Bush administration had argued that allowing the case to proceed would threaten national security. "The government has opened the door for judicial inquiry by publicly confirming and denying material information about its monitoring of communications content," U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker wrote. "Because of the public disclosures by the government and AT&T, the court cannot conclude that merely maintaining this action creates a 'reasonable danger' of harming national security."