CCR Argues in Court Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Jen Nessel, (212) 614-6449, jnessel@ccrjustice.org
David Lerner, (212) 260-5000, dlerner@riptideonline.com

 

CCR Argues in Court Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

NEW YORK - Oral arguments in the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) warrantless
surveillance case Wilner v. National Security Agency (NSA, will
take place Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom
of the U.S. Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in New York
. CCR and co-counsel
will be arguing that the executive agency must disclose whether or not it has
records related to wiretapping of attorney conversations without a warrant. It
is an appeal of the government's Glomar assertions from litigation
seeking information about NSA Program surveillance of attorneys representing
detainees at Guantánamo.

"Our
work with our clients may have been deeply compromised by illegal surveillance
carried out by the last administration," said Shayana Kadidal, Senior
Managing Attorney of the CCR Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative.
"The
new administration has no legal basis for refusing to come clean about any
violations of attorney-client privilege by the NSA."

The case is a FOIA lawsuit on
behalf of 24 attorneys, including several CCR staff attorneys, law professors
and partners at prominent international law firms, who believe they may have
been the subjects of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program authorized by
the prior administration shortly after September 11, 2001. CCR, the Institute
of Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center
and the
Chicago law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd filed the case to
demand that the government comply with requests to turn over all records
related to the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of attorneys who represent
detainees at Guantánamo. The case will be argued by Kathryn Sabbeth, Assistant
Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of
Law.

For more
information on Wilner v. NSA, click here.

WHAT:         
Oral Argument in Wilner v. NSA

WHEN:         
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (with several cases on the docket)

WHO:            CCR Attorney Shayana Kadidal, Prof. Kathryn Sabbeth

WHERE:      
U.S. Courthouse
500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007-1312
Ceremonial Courtroom, 9th Floor

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