Downtown attorney sues government over Internet monitoring

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A Downtown attorney today sued President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, FBI Director James B. Comey and several other officials, claiming that the government's monitoring of Internet activity violates constitutional rights.

Elliott J. Schuchardt in his complaint in U.S. District Court echoed accusations made by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, claiming that the government is capturing "private communications" and searches conducted through Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other services.

Mr. Schuchardt called this "turnkey totalitarianism," and alleged that it violated the right to be free of unlawful search and seizure along with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and constituted an invasion of privacy.

The case has not yet been assigned to a judge.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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