Yesterday I provided a link to the audio recording of the Hepting v. AT&T hearing held on August 15, 2007. That recording is almost two hours long, however, and many people may not be able to listen to the entire thing. Nonetheless, I wanted to make something available to give people the sense of what happened in the hearing, because the decision the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals makes about whether the Hepting v. AT&T class action lawsuit is able to go forward has the potential to alter the course of American history.
One of the issues at stake is whether the President and his lawyers have the right to stop any judicial inquiry into Executive Branch activities through an unsubstantiated claim that there is a need to protect state secrets for the sake of national security. Also at stake is the subject of the Hepting v. AT&T lawsuit itself – whether the government has the right to engage in a widespread seizure of the private electronic communciations of Americans, and then search those communications or use them otherwise as it sees fit.
This video features audio highlights I have selected from the Hepting v. AT&T hearing, enough to suggest to an intelligent listener why the case is so important. Please, listen, and if you want to hear more, go to the complete audio recording yourself, and decide whether you’re ready to take action.
Note: Although C-Span promised to televise the Hepting v. AT&T hearing on August 15th, and applied for the permits necessary to do so, the video of the hearing is nowhere to be found on C-Span. Before the Protect America Act was passed, the plan to televise the hearing was in place. Then, after the Protect America Act was passed, the plan went nowhere, in spite of the fact that the hearing was full of drama that any intelligent viewer would captivated by. Why did the Hepting video never come about?