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Oct 26, 2013

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WASHINGTON — A constitutional showdown over the U.S. government’s warrantless surveillance program may be headed back to the Supreme Court.

The Department of Justice for the first time Friday notified a criminal defendant that the terrorism-related charges against him stemmed from Congress’ 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The filing came after Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the government’s advocate to the Supreme Court, won an internal Justice Department debate over whether defendants must be advised about such secret surveillance.

The case against Jamshid Muhtorov, 35, a refugee from Uzbekistan living in Aurora, Colo., now appears destined to become the test case for whether the warrantless surveillance program can pass constitutional muster.

Muhtorov was arrested in January 2012 on a charge of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The FBI alleged that he planned to travel overseas and fight on behalf of the Pakistan-based Islamic Jihad Union, which has conducted suicide attacks in Uzbekistan and claims responsibility for attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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