Journalism in the Public Interest


NSA Surveillance Lawsuit Tracker

July 11: This post has been corrected.

The recent disclosure of sweeping surveillance by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has prompted a new wave of legal challenges to the U.S. government's intelligence-gathering programs. Here is a list of key legal challenges to government surveillance and secrecy. Are we missing any important cases? Email me at or leave a comment below.

Correction: An earlier version of this post said an ACLU FOIA suit was combined with a New York Times FOIA suit, and both lost in federal court. In fact, that ruling only addressed the single document in common, a classified report to congressional intelligence committees from the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. The rest of the ACLU suit, seeking documents related to the legal justification for mass collection of metadata, remains ongoing.

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