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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Joe Moore

I don't believe that foreign governments have the right to spy on US citizens in their homes.
However, it's hard to argue against that position if you believe in the rule of law between nations, the right of nations to self defense, and the claim of the US government of the right to spy on foreign citizens in THEIR homes for the purpose of self defense.

George

Joe:

Can you cite a specific law that prohibits foreign governments from spying on U.S. citizens in the USA?

And yes, you are correct. U.S. government agencies (e.g., NSA, CIA) believe they have the right to spy on citizens in other countries. They have even spied on our allies. Remember this from 2013:

Embassy Espionage: The NSA's Secret Spy Hub in Berlin
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/cover-story-how-nsa-spied-on-merkel-cell-phone-from-berlin-embassy-a-930205.html

Given this, one might expect other countries to claim the same rights. I like the work that the EFF does. I feel confident it took this lawsuit because it felt that it had a legal basis to make a good argument. I have not read the complaint, yet.

George
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Joe Moore

I think the laws that prevent U.S. residents from spying on each other have exceptions for law enforcement but not for foreign governments. That might be enough for the suit to succeed. But, I'm not a lawyer and have no idea what the rules are for suing foreign governments.

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