Legitimizing Illegal Spying
Privacy in America no longer exists.
by Stephen Lendman
On August 15, federal district court Judge Cormac Carney dismissed a class action ACLU of Southern California/Council on Islamic American Relations (CAIR) lawsuit.
Fazaga v. FBI charges lawless FBI surveillance. More on what's involved below. Southern California Muslims were targeted for praying to the wrong God.
In his ruling, Judge Carney didn't say illegal surveillance hadn't occurred. Nor did he agree that First Amendment provisions, illegal searches, privacy rights, and other constitutional principles weren't violated.
Instead, he ruled for Washington's "state secrets" privilege. It's anti-democratic legal mumbo jumbo. The Justice Department and administration routinely invoke it to conceal government crimes and other abuses from scrutiny. Courts routinely go along.
In September 2010, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an extraordinary rendition lawsuit. State secrets were invoked.
Five Muslim victims sued Boeing's Jeppesen Dataplan unit. It works cooperatively with CIA officials. It willingly and knowingly facilitates torture flights.
Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. threatened to blow the whistle on corporate America's involvement with Washington's torture policy. Obama promised to end it. Instead, he changed nothing Bush instituted. He continues the worst of his policies, escalated them, and piled on more of his own.
In 2007, the ACLU filed suit. It quoted a Jeppesen official saying, "We do all the extraordinary rendition flights - you know, the torture flights. Let's face it. Some of these flights end up that way."
The Ninth Circuit said "there is precious little Jeppesen could say about its relevant conduct and knowledge without revealing information about how the United States government does or does not conduct covert operations."
In other words, imperial priorities trump rule of law principles. Case dismissed.
Southern California Muslims were spurned the same way. ACLU attorney Peter Bibring called the court ruling "the right to remain spied on." Instead of upholding inviolable rule of law principles, Judge Carney claimed information disclosed might harm national security. He didn't explain how.
At issue are fundamental constitutional rights. Yassir Fazaga and other plaintiffs charged illegal spying on Orange County, CA Muslims. FBI agents targeted an area mosque.