No. 11-1025.

133 S.Ct. 1138 (2013)

185 L.Ed.2d 264

James R. CLAPPER, Jr., Director of National Intelligence, et al., Petitioners v. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA et al.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 26, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. , Solicitor General, for Petitioners.

Jameel Jaffer , New York, NY, for Respondents.

Charles S. Sims , Matthew J. Morris , Proskauer Rose LLP, New York, NY, Jameel Jaffer , Counsel of Record, Steven R. Shapiro , Alexander A. Abdo , Mitra Ebadolahi , American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, New York, NY, Arthur N. Eisenburg , Christopher T. Dunn , New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation, New York, NY, for Respondents.

Robert S. Litt , General Counsel, Tricia S. Wellman , Deputy General Counsel, Bradley A. Brooker , Associate General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, DC, Rajesh De , General Counsel, Ariane E. Cerlenko , Associate General Counsel, National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. , Solicitor General, Counsel of Record, Stuart F. Delery , Acting Assistant Attorney General, Edwin S. Kneedler , Deputy Solicitor General, Anthony A. Yang , Assistant to the Solicitor General, Douglas N. Letter , Thomas M. Bondy , Daniel J. Lenerz , Henry C. Whitaker , Attorneys, Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Petitioners.

Justice ALITO delivered the opinion of the Court.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, 50 U.S.C. § 1881a (2006 ed., Supp. V), allows the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence to acquire foreign intelligence information by jointly authorizing the surveillance of individuals who are not "United States persons"1 and are reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. Before...

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