Judge: NSA spying almost Orwellian, likely unconstitutional
By Olivier Knox | Yahoo News
In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obamas surveillance policies, a federal judge on Monday branded the National Security Agencys mass collection of Americans telephone data almost Orwellian and likely a violation of the Constitution.
Appeals Court Judge Richard Leon invoked Founding Father James Madison and the Beatles in a frequently scathing ruling. Leon, appointed by then-President George W. Bush, ordered the government to halt bulk collection of so-called telephony metadata and destroy information already collected through that program. But he suspended his order as the case works its way through the courts.
I cannot imagine a more indiscriminate and abitrary invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval, Leon wrote.
The judge also dealt a blow to the governments argument that such surveillance programs a source of controversy ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed their reach in a series of unauthorized disclosures are necessary to thwarting terrorist plots.
The Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSAs bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature, he wrote.
Leon said Founding Father James Madison would likely be aghast at the NSAs activities but also conjured up a Beatles-themed image to rebut the governments suggestion that it does not collect Verizon metadata.
To draw an analogy, if the NSAs program operates the way the Government suggests it does, then omitting Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint from the collection would be like omitting John, Paul, and George from a historical analysis of the Beatles. A Ringo-only database doesnt make any sense, and I cannot believe the Government would create, maintain, and so ardently defend such a system, he wrote in footnote 36 on page 38.
Among Leons other flourishes, he warned that the so-called war on terrorism realistically could be forever! He expressed concerns about the almost Orwellian technology that enables the Government to store and analyze the phone metadata of every telephone user in the United States. And he said modern-day surveillance tactics would have been the stuff of science fiction at the time a precedent ruling was issued.
The White House had no immediate response to the ruling.
Article from: news.yahoo.com
The NSAs Lone Wolf Justification for Mass Spying Is B.S.
NSA Chief on Spy Programs: There is no Other Way to Connect the Dots
Sweden spied on Russia for NSA: report
Congress Backs Terrorists In Syria
Then Says We Need NSA Spying Because There are Terrorists In Syria
Canada allowed NSA to spy on G8 and G20 summits
Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit Radicalizers
White House: NSA Surveillance Transparency Would Be Too Much Work
Confirmed: NSA has broken into Google, Yahoo data centers and now monitors all web searches, Gmail
Latest News from our Front Page
Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female
Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.) Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole ârape and pillageâ thing, too.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided ...
Off Your Knees, Germany! Ernst Zundel 1983 - 2003
For more information on the holocaust, how the war was forced upon Germany, and the REAL victims of the second world war see:
IRS Drops Attack For Six Years â No Evidence of Jurisdiction
A big congrats to a friend Iâve been working with for several years, he stood up to the predators commonly called the âIRSâ and they dropped their attack. Thanks also for providing me with the proof below.
The criminals called the âIRSâ initiated an attack claiming my friend was required to file six tax returns, or explain how he made ...
Into Eternity - Finland's 100,000 Year Massive Underground Spent Nuclear Fuel Program
Into Eternity is a documentary about a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. The concept of long-term underground storage for radioactive waste has been explored since the 1950s. The inner part of the Russian doll-like storage canisters is to be composed of copper. Hence in the case of Onkalo it is tightly linked to experiments on copper corrosion in running ...
SPLC Accuses Oath Keepers of Inciting âArmed Confrontationâ Over Sugar Pine Mine
The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused Oath Keepers of inciting an armed confrontation with BLM authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine dispute in Oregon, despite the fact that the organization has explicitly stated that it is not promoting armed confrontation with the feds.
In an article provocatively posted on the organizationâs âHatewatchâ section entitled Oath Keepers Descend Upon Oregon with ...
|More News » |