Clapper v. Amnesty International

International & National Security Law Practice Group Teleforum
Start : Friday, July 27, 2012 01:00 PM
End : Friday, July 27, 2012 02:00 PM

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Featured Speakers:
Benjamin Powell
Stephen I. Vladeck


Clapper v. Amnesty InternationalThis Fall, the Supreme Court will hear an important national security case that will answer a crucial question of standing.  The case, Clapper v. Amnesty International, asks whether individuals and organizations that believe that their international communications will be monitored by the U.S. government have standing to challenge the government's surveillance in cases where the plaintiffs are unable to present direct evidence that the United States has acquired or will imminently acquire their communications.
The case arises in the context of Section 702 of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA), which permits the "targeting of [non-United States] persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States" to acquire "foreign intelligence information."  Attorneys, journalists, and various organizations brought this action facially challenging the law under the First and Fourth Amendments and Article III of the Constitution.  They claim standing because the FAA’s new procedures have forced them to take costly measures to protect the confidentiality of their international communications.  Accordingly, they argue the government's surveillance of international communications both has caused them present injury and will likely cause them future harm.  The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs had standing to pursue their claims, and the U.S. Government appealed.  In May, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide the matter.  Our experts will discuss this case and answer questions afterwards.


  • Hon. Benjamin A. Powell, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Prof. Stephen I. Vladeck, American University Washington College of Law

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Related Materials:
Amnesty v. McConnell - Memo in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment
Government’s Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment
Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief
Clapper v. Amnesty International USA - Brief in opposition
Clapper v. Amnesty International USA - Reply of petitioners
Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l: Secret Surveillance
Clapper v. Amnesty International - Podcast