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Supreme Court takes up case about FBI surveillance of mosque

June 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a case next term brought by three Muslim men who seek to challenge the FBI, arguing that it unlawfully used a confidential informant to gather information about Muslims in their neighborhood based on their religious identity.

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to take up a case next term brought by three Muslim men who seek to challenge the FBI, arguing that it unlawfully used a confidential informant to gather information about Muslims in their neighborhood based on their religious identity.

A district court had dismissed the claims under the so-called state secrets privilege "which permits the government under some circumstances to block the release of information in a lawsuit that could harm national security. "

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- a law aimed electronic communications -- provides for procedures for challenging unlawful electronic surveillance in early stages of litigation and takes priority over the state secrets privilege.

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