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EFF goes "inside the Beltway" again (Uh-oh!)
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 15:26:14 -0400

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From: Brett Glass <brett () lariat org>
Date: April 28, 2006 12:03:34 PM EDT
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Subject: EFF goes "inside the Beltway" again (Uh-oh!)

EFF reaches out to D.C. with new office

By Declan McCullagh

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the original digital rights group, is venturing inside the Beltway once again.

EFF has hired two attorneys experienced in suing the federal government under the Freedom of Information Act and plans to open an office in downtown Washington, D.C., on Aug. 1.

"There are a lot of meetings that we get invited to that we're not able to attend" because the nonprofit has its headquarters in San Francisco, said Shari Steele, EFF's executive director.

One of EFF's new hires is expected to be Marcia Hofmann, staff counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, who has made headlines for suing the U.S. Justice Department and Homeland Security in an effort to document government wrongdoing and privacy invasions. A lawsuit currently in progress attempts to force the Bush administration to reveal documents about allegedly illegal surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency.

The other new hire is expected to be David Sobel, EPIC's general counsel and an FOIA litigator since 1982, who will work part-time. Sobel declined to discuss the move but did say that "the first Internet-related FOIA work I did was made possible by EFF"--a reference to the Sun Devil case that involved a Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games in 1990.

Opening an office inside the nation's capital comes as something of a surprise because EFF suffered an internal schism when it was based there in the early 1990s.

When the FBI was pressing for the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in 1994, other privacy groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and EPIC, remained steadfastly opposed to the measure. CALEA requires telecommunications companies to design their networks to be explicitly wiretap-friendly.

More at http://news.com.com/2102-1028_3-6065860.html?tag=st.util.print

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