On Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, America’s Future joined 11 organizations in an Amicus brief filing supporting a Petition for Writ of Certiorari of Jewel v NSA, 856 Fed. Appx. 640 (9th Cir. 2021) to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in support of the Petitioner Carolyn Jewel, et al. The request for the Writ follows a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) decision that the Petitioner did not have standing in the case.
At the heart of the 14-year-old case, grounded in the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution, Jewel is about civil freedoms and God-given rights to be secure that private matters and personal information stay that way, at each individual’s option, unless a fully-informed court with jurisdiction determines otherwise, on a case-by-case basis. Jewel concerns extraordinary constitutional violations by the U.S. government against its own citizens. The acts by the NSA, et al, include over two decades of covertly and unlawfully intercepting, copying, collecting, searching, and retaining detailed records of American citizens’ internet and cell phone usage and communications without any authority and under the color of law.
To read more about the Ninth Circuit decision and an explanation of relative legal terms, please click here. The government must file its response to the Petition for the Writ of Certiorari by or before March 21, 2022. America’s Future will keep readers informed as to the status of the case.
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