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NSA won't own up to surveillance of homos

Why should they — this is the Bush administration. SLDN has up to five years to appeal this crap decision.

In a June 5 letter to counsel for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will “neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence” of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel. The June 5 letter was sent in response to SLDN’s appeal of NSA’s refusal to release any information related to that surveillance. The appeal was filed on SLDN’s behalf by the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP.

“2006 is the new 1984,” said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn. “The federal government’s Orwellian surveillance programs of ordinary, law-abiding citizens violates our right to privacy under current law. The government’s refusal to disclose its surveillance programs erodes the public trust.”

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