Vienna Colucci, Amnesty International USA's (AIUSA) senior policy advisor, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider AIUSA and other groups have a right to challenge the 2008 FISA Amendments Act:
"Amnesty International USA is pleased that the Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the organization and other plaintiffs have the right to challenge the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which grants the government sweeping powers to conduct surveillance on any person, regardless of whether they are suspected of wrongdoing and without meaningful judicial review. Confidentiality is essential to our ability to effectively investigate human rights abuses and not put witnesses and survivors at further risk. The Court should strike this law down."
Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.