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ThoughtsOnline

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


The ACLU has sued to halt that the NSA's monitoring of communications, naming as plaintiffs a group of people who "frequently communicate by telephone and e-mail with people in the Middle East and Asia, (and) have a "well-founded belief" that their communications are being intercepted by the government".

Well, I'm not the attorney, nor do I play one on TV, but is a 'belief' sufficient to file a lawsuit? Shouldn't the plaintiffs have to prove they were targeted? After all, we're talking about people - both the ACLU and its sister plaintiff, the NY-based Center for Constitutional Rights - who are among the most paranoid people on the face of the planet.

And I know the adage that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there aren't people out to get you, but shouldn't the burden of proof be on the plaintiffs to establish that they were in fact spied upon before they're allowed to clutter up the court system?