Jan 20, 2011

JPL privacy lawsuit fails at Supreme Court

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal government's right to conduct extensive background checks on contract employees, rejecting a suit brought by employees at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge that said the checks violated privacy rights.

The Washington Post has the story here.

Digression: I once had the pleasure of interviewing the lead plaintiff in the case, JPL image analyst Robert Nelson, about his Quixotic effort to get national media attention for his analysis of Bush's infamous bulge (the one on his back in his 2004 debate with John Kerry. Here's a Salon story for reference). My article got spiked, and then erased from the computer system, by former San Gabriel Valley Tribune executive editor Tal Campbell for being too political. Memories.

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