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EFF: hepting gov brief

EFF: hepting gov brief

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PUBLIC UNCLASSIFIED BRIEF
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
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Appeiiees,v.AT&T CORP., et al., Defendants, andUNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Intervenor
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Appellant.ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIABRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATESPAUL D. CLEMENTPETER D. KEISLERSolicitor General Assistant Attorney GeneralGREGORY G. GARREDOUGLAS N. LETTERDeputy Solicitor GeneralTHOMAS
M.
BONDYANTHONY A. YANGDARYL JOSEFFER Attorneys, Appellate StaffAssistant to the SolicitorCivil Division, Room
7513
General U.S. Department of Justice
950
Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C.
20530
Telephone:
(202)
514-3602
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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ABLE OF AUTHORITIES
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STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION
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1STATEMENT OF ISSUES
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STATEMENT
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STATEMENT OF FACTS
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The Terrorist Surveillance Program
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I1Plaintiffs7 Suit And The State Secrets Privilege Assertion
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The District Court's Order
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The FISA Court's January 10, 2007 Orders
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SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT
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10STANDARDOFREVIEW
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ARGUMENT
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THE STATE SECRETS DOCTRINE REQUIRES DISMISSALIF THE VERY SUBJECT MATTER OF A CASE IS A STATESECRET. OR IF PLAINTIFFS CANNOT ESTABLISH APRIMA FACIE CASE OR DEFENDANTS CANNOT MOUNTA DEFENSE WITHOUT STATE SECRETS
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15I1 THE VERY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS CASE IS
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STATESECRET
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Plaintiffs' Suit Is Premised On An Alleged SecretEspionage Relationship
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The District Court's Error In Refusing To DismissThis Case Is Compounded By Its Treatment OfPlaintiffs' Communications Records Claims
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111. PLAINTIFFS' STANDING CANNOT BE ESTABLISHEDOR REFUTED ABSENT RECOURSE TO STATE SECRETS.
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26A. Plaintiffs Cannot Establish Standing Because The StateSecrets Privilege Forecloses Litigation Over WhetherThey Have Been Subject To Surveillance.
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B.Plaintiffs Cannot Establish Standing On The Basis Of
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THE STATE SECRETS PRIVILEGE ALSO PRECLUDESLITIGATION OF THE MERITS OF PLAINTIFFS' CLAIMS
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37A. Fourth And First Amendments
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B. FISA And Other Statutes
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41C. [REDACTED TEXT]
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46CONCLUSION
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7STATEMENT OF RELATED CASESADDENDUMCERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCECERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

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