Judge Dismisses NSA Spying Lawsuit, Asserting Too Many People Were Spied On
Walker's ruling was just as significant for a question he chose not to answer. The U.S. government asserted that the lawsuit should be dismissed because it would disclose state secrets; in his order of dismissal, the judge "declines to rule" on this claim, since the standing issue was sufficient cause to toss the suit.
Walker's justification for dismissing the case may strike some as a classic cartwheel of legal reasoning. (The "right to have the government act in accordance with the law" can't be upheld in court?) In fairness, the ruling notes that the strict standards for gauging plaintiffs' standing act as a filter to prevent courts from being deluged with claims involving social problems that are better aired and addressed through the political process.
One might argue that the political debate that followed The New York Times' 2005 story on the illegal surveillance -- and eventual repudiation of Bush's party at the ballot box in 2008 -- did just that.
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