The Supreme Court considered on Monday if the federal government has the right to eavesdrop on international conversations in efforts to combat terrorism, Chicago Tribune reports.
The case, Clapper et al v. Amnesty International et al, will determine weather the eavesdropping could violate the protection against illegal search and seizure rights under the Fourth Amendment.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was passed in 2005 and allowed the federal government to wiretap international communications without warrant. The act was intended to help pursue terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The courts have argued that the wiretapping was not issued to directly harm an individual or institution.
Those not in favor of the eavesdropping say that they have taken steps to protect their international conversations, such as only meeting their sources or clients in person/