Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled against our plaintiffs, including the late author Studs Terkel, in a series of cases against the telecommunications companies for warrantless monitoring of email and telephone conversations. In the Hepting v. AT&T case, the court rejected our "serious constitutional question" and agreed with the district court that our plaintiffs still had a forum for our constitutional claims because they could file a lawsuit against the government itself.

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