Illinois’ judge tosses ACLU suit against AT&T alleging the handover of *t*rillions of phone records to the NSA.

An Illinois federal district court judge tossed a lawsuit on Tuesday against AT&T alleging that the company turned over trillions of phone records to the government, accepting the government’s argument that the suit would disclose “state secrets.”

The suit, brought by ACLU of Illinois on behalf of a number of plaintiffs including longtime journalist Studs Terkel, accused the telecom giant of providing the National Security Agency illegal access to call detail databases.

While the decision seemingly contradicts last week’s decision by California Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker to turn down the government’s motion’s to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit against AT&T, Illinois Court Judge Matthew Kennelly closely tracked the reasoning from Walker’s decision.

Read this item from WIRED’s Blog


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