The widespread use of illegal electronic surveillance in the name of national security is a central form of government misconduct. A ruling in the early stage of this case established the right to bring a civil action without having proof of wiretapping.
Filed on behalf of Arthur Kinoy, movement lawyer, law professor and a CCR founder, and his daughter, Joanne Kinoy, the case originally involved the Kinoys’ right to know the details of 23 overhearings, 10 of which were characterized as ” “foreign” The government eventually admitted that the surveillance of Arthur Kinoy and his clients included at least 200 additional overhearings. Many of these overheard conversations involved legal clients seeking and receiving legal advice.
The Department of Justice argues that a recent Supreme Court decision whieh establishes qualified immunity for the Attorney General necessitates a dismissal of the Kinoy case. This attempt to permit the President’s representatives to wholly disregard the provisions of the Constitution is being challenged.
Michael Ratner and Rhonda Copelon, with Henry Furst and CCR cooperating attorney Jeremiah S. Gutman