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Secret Law is Not Law

The Secrecy of the Legal Justifications for NSA Surveillance Violates International Human Rights Law

One of the many ways that the NSA’s mass surveillance violates the human rights of both Americans and others around the world is that it teeters on a huge pile of secret law.

Let’s be clear. Under international human rights law, secret “law” doesn’t even qualify as “law” at all.

This is a basic and old legal requirement: it can be found in all of the founding human rights documents. It allows people the fundamental fairness of understanding when they can expect privacy from the government and when they cannot. It avoids the Kafkaesque situations in which people, like Joseph K in The Trial and the thousands of people on the secret No Fly Lists, cannot figure out what they did that resulted in government scrutiny, much less clear their names. And it ensures that government officials have actual limits to their discretion and that when those limits are crossed, redress is possible.

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MUST Read: Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling The Truth About Mass Surveillance   

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By Edward Snowden via https://firstlook.org

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB…

Australia is apart of that Five Eyes club: unchecked domestic surveillance in the name of national security.

We’re lied to about it precisely because the program flies in the face of our entire legal system.

I hope it matters to New Zealand voters. Politically, we’re asleep at the wheel in Australia.

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