This week brought great news to the Global Fund for Women and other members of the ACLU-led coalition challenging the controversial FISA Amendments Act (FAA) passed in July 2008.Threatening the confidentiality of international communications, the FAA gives the U.S. executive branch unchecked power to access Americans' international e-mails and telephone calls. On Monday, a federal appeals court reinstated the landmark lawsuit, reversing a lower court decision that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the law.
Given the importance of confidential communications in supporting women's rights worldwide, the Global Fund for Women joined a broad coalition opposing the FAA in 2008. "The bill will have a very real negative effect on our work. Once Global Fund for Women is stripped of its ability to communicate confidentially with our international partners, it loses the ability to have open and trusting exchanges with our grantees," wrote Chief Financial Officer Dale Needles in a statement on the ACLU website.
Explore the history of Amnesty et al. v. Blair, the lawsuit against FAA.
Learn more about why the FAA is unconstitutional via the ACLU website.
Read The New York Times' editorial on this historic legal challenge.