Hearing: D.C. Federal Courthouse, 3rd and Constitution Ave., N.W., 11:30 A.M. (Courtroom 18)
(Washington, D.C., November 4, 2013). Late last week, after Larry Klayman and other plaintiffs filed motions for preliminary injunction against the NSA and other government and corporate defendants in his class action suits (13-cv-881, 13-cv-851) concerning the agency’s growing spy scandal, the Honorable Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the Obama Justice Department’s request to delay the proceedings and ordered the NSA to respond to the motions by November 11, with plaintiffs being accorded an opportunity to reply on November 14. Importantly, Judge Leon set a hearing date of November 18 to hear oral argument and possibly rule on the motions to order the cessation of the NSA’s PRISM program, which has accessed and unconstitutionally violated the private communications of over 300 million Americans.
In issuing his rulings, Judge Leon warned the Obama Justice Department and its NSA client that he expects this case to move forward quickly given its national importance. He warned the government’s legal team not to seek delay, admonishing it that “we work 24/7 around this courthouse. I don’t want to hear anything about vacations, weddings, days off. Forget about it. This is a case at the pinnacle of public national interest, pinnacle. All hands 24/7. No excuses. You got a team of lawyers. Mr. Klayman is alone apparently. You have litigated cases in this courthouse when it is matters of this consequence and enormity. You know how this Court operates.” See www.freedomwatchusa.org for transcript of Oct. 31.
Klayman stated: “We are heartened by the judge’s admonitions to the Obama Justice Department lawyers. Never before in American history have the people been subjected to such egregious violations of their constitutional rights, designed to coerce them into submission, as our so-called government leaders continue to take down the nation with their indifference to the people’s grievances and their tyrannical rule. These class action lawsuits are intended to have the courts order an end to this administration’s tyranny.”
The hearing of November 18th will occur ironically just one day before the Reclaim America Now Coalition in Washington, D.C. See www.reclaimamericanow.net
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