December 29th, 2013

Federal Judge Rules Orwellian Big Brother NSA Surveillance Program Is Legal


This article was written by Melissa Melton and originally published at The Daily Sheeple

A federal judge just ruled that the NSA practice of wholesale spying on millions of Americans’ phone calls and emails is perfectly legal and does not violate the Constitution, dismissing a lawsuit brought forth by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

In his 54-page opinion, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said the sweeping program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaeda’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

“There is no evidence that the Government has used any of the bulk telephony metadata it collected for any purpose other than investigating and disrupting terrorist attacks,” he wrote. (source)

Tack this up to yet another post-9/11 usurpation of our Constitution and Bill of Rights in the name of the neverending and never-meant-to-end phony War on Terror.

The ACLU lawsuit came in response to NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelation that the NSA was not simply keeping tabs on foreign citizens abroad, but was actually skimming up giant swaths of metadata — info on phone calls, emails, and other online communications — through all the major telecom companies used by the American people, including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo and others. The judge acknowledged that the NSA quote, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call, to, from, or within the United States.”

Obviously the agency needs something to necessitate that $3 billion spy hub it built in the Utah desert capable of analyzing xetabytes of information at a time.

In his ruling, the judge asserted his opinion that had such a program been around before 9/11, it would have helped stop the terrorist attacks, even though on record the NSA’s program has never presented any evidence that its program has ever stopped a single terrorist.

But it’s all to keep Americans safe, right? Trading a little liberty for a false sense of security? The judge also had this to say about the 4th Amendment:

The right to be free from searches and seizure is not absolute. As Justice Jackson famously observed, ‘the bill of rights is not a suicide pact.’  (source)

An ACLU spokesperson Jameel Jaffer says the organization will appeal the decision and keep fighting.

We are extremely disappointed with this decision, which misinterprets the relevant statutes, understates the privacy implications of the government’s surveillance and misapplies a narrow and outdated precedent to read away core constitutional protections.

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15 Responses to “Federal Judge Rules Orwellian Big Brother NSA Surveillance Program Is Legal”

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    Big Al Says:

    In his 54-page opinion, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said the sweeping program “represents the government’s counter-punch” to eliminate al-Qaeda’s terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

    “There is no evidence that the Government has used any of the bulk telephony metadata it collected for any purpose other than investigating and disrupting terrorist attacks,” he wrote. (source)

    What a bunch of horse manure…

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    Antoniosucre Says:

    Impeach and prosecute

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    Capt. Gary Kassbaum Says:

    The Need for Surveillance
    I am a convert for the following reasons:
    The ‘Constitution’ embodies the fragile concepts of democracy which to-date remained basically intact by the will of the people. The introduction of electronic communication over the last 50 years has put a new dimension in the necessary ability to protect the Constitution. There is now pressure from outside forces by other governments where there is no separation between ‘church’ and ’state’ making them a powerful force that the originators of the constitution never envisaged and that currently the original concepts of our constitution now, would not be able to withstand. The separation of ‘church’ and ’state”; in view of our allowance of multiple religions, within our constitution will allow the ability to take the constitution apart; bit by bit.
    Before we reach the beginning of the end of ‘constitutionalism’, there needs to be extra vigilance which oversees and protects the constitution and our democracy. In this view the overseeing body must be ‘generally invisible’ with respect to it’s modus operandi but at the same time be transparent in it’s adherence to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms so that any innocent (or deliberate) violations of our fundamental rights and freedoms (collateral damage) are rectified and transparent.
    For the public to ‘open up ‘ to and accept this surveillance concept , there needs to be this accountability factor, dealing with collateral damage, that maintains all the edicts of our fundamental but enshrined judiciary. In this view, every targeted person, based on extensive surveillance who has garnered the interest of ie. NSA, based on clear evidence and by probable cause versus reasonable suspicion; this information moves out of the realm of secrecy and into the public courts judiciary domain.
    The sequence is for broad surveillance (NSA) but without actionable powers. These powers must be delegated to authoritative investigative bodies ie. FBI, ATF, CIA etc. which incorporate standard investigative procedures incorporating the Constitutional Amendments and the standard reading of his/her Miranda Rights of anyone targeted.
    At this time, I believe that all previous terrorist attacks, however sporadic and heinous are the `tip of an iceberg“ and monitoring of electronic communications must be maintained as our western spiritual values diminish and as secular religions gain momentum and political stature. We can appease until we lose sight of the fact that we have irreparably appeased our constitution and the democracy as we know it.
    In a `nutshell“, it is the NSA that is ( semi-invisibly) presently protecting the constitution; whereas the forces of `political-religious secularism and ultra-liberalism, blind to the still dark secrets of human nature with the `need to control` will unconsciously allow the disintegration of our democratic values.
    Capt. Gary Kassbaum M.M. 30-12-2013

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    Ol' Rono Says:

    If the “NSA”were really looking for terrorists, they would be after the Administration and the Congress. They are the ones who are controlling the terrorists! Besides all the “Drugs” that are coming in to our Country!

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    Shorty Dawkins Says:

    Capt. Kassbaum,

    I fail to see how trampling on our inalienable Rights protects them. Why have a Constitution if it is not honored? What is an Oath, if it is not binding?

    Shorty Dawkins

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    BlueMan Says:

    This Garbage angers me, as much as anyone here.
    But we also need to Realize. There really are NUT jobs
    and governments that want America GONE. Literally.
    If just one NUT job radical gets it right.
    Then an entire CITY can be gone. It might be your city.
    Might be my city.
    Sometimes we Liberty, Freedom, minded people forget
    the reality of Terrible Civilization Ending Technologies.
    Mr. Albert Einstein stated that, “He was not sure how the next
    great war would be fought.” But he said that, “the one after that
    would be fought with sticks and stones.”
    We all need to think about that.

    Problem is that our own government can NOT be trusted
    with the power of the N S A machine.
    Our own government is just as likely, maybe MORE likely
    to FALSE FLAG attack Americans and our cities as is the enemy
    abroad. We have dangerous criminals at the helm as leaders.
    They want absolute control and to milk us all dry.
    They are TRAITORS to our way of life and values.
    The politicians and Tyrant Czar Obamunista are corrupt
    beyond belief. They need IMPEACHED.

    On one hand we NEED intel to stop nut jobs and
    unfriendly governments. All it takes is one intel
    failure and you have a blindside “1941Pearl Harbor” equivalent attack
    On the other hand we can NOT trust those currently in charge with the power.
    Absolute power corrupts Absolutely.

    There are no easy answers.

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    JohnMalkovitch Says:

    Screwed if we do.
    Screwed if we don’t.

    Obvious walking on intent of constitution.
    Obvious horrible consequences if watchers aren’t watching.
    Obvious untrustworthy ABUSIVE American government.

    Caught between choice of worse than 1984, and worse than 1941 repeat.
    It just sucks. Where are the wise asses with reasonable answers?
    No way out. But these incompetent leaders need Impeached.
    We need to stop obeying in Mass. Say no by not participating.
    I want Obamunista Impeached. NDAA is so wrong. UnAmerican.

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    harley Says:

    ‘the bill of rights is not a suicide pact. care to make a large bet on that !

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    BlueMan Says:

    Intel agencies must get it right EVERY single day.
    If only one Nut gets through with a Dr. Evil type intent.
    Then a city is literally lost. Vaporized.
    Scary proposition. But reality in 2014 with hellish technology of war.
    That was NOT possible in 1776. One idiot or a few idiots could only
    do so much mischief and damage.
    Do you understand that?
    Today is not 1776 when the constitution was written.
    There are some real bastards in this world those bastards are our
    Shooters and Looters that wreak havoc on the enemy BEFORE they can do damage.
    I appreciate bastards that do what is necessary
    so that my family is not vaporized by a Wacko Nut group.
    They are out there Sir.
    Often you never hear about them because they
    are eliminated BEFORE they can do violence. Taken out in their home playground.
    I don’t have the answer. Just observation.
    I’m grateful for patriotic bastards with brass balls.
    They do distasteful things so my children are not vaporized in their sleep.
    Sometimes you choose the lesser of two bad situations. Both are bad. One is worse.
    —IMPEACH Tyrants.

    [Editor's note: What a tired old argument you've posited here. Where, after all, do you suppose the terrorist who shall "vaporize a city", will get the bomb to do that? Where will they get it? Please understand that the nukes are manufactured under very tight scrutiny. Once made, their dispersion is largely kept secret for reasons of national security. Somewhere, however, between the time a nuke is made and the time it goes missing, someone on the pubic payroll has to be involved. That someone will most likely work for the DIA, the NRO, the NSA, the NSC, the CIA, Air Force Intel, or any of several other agencies.

    You can spout your weak logic and sad old song all day long, but we already know about the government's use of terrorists as surrogates in black psy-ops. Do you know about that? Can you understand that the powers which move Washington D.C. create the terrorism, and that right now they're busy as little worker bees making the American people into "the enemy" in the so-called War on Terror? Can you get your mind around that one? Try reading about it in the U.S. Army's own field manual on "Unconventional Warfare", where they openly talk about using terrorists as surrogates. Then come back here and tell us this government is not creating the very fear which causes you to be willing to give up your and our liberty. Thank you for reading. (download this while it's still available - coupled with The Northwoods Document, this field manual for Special Warfare and Unconventional Warfare literally explains how terrorists are used as patsies, as surrogates to create newsworthy events which can be used in media to create perceptions desired by those seeking to implement a certain policy.)

    Elias Alias, editor]

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    Chris Says:

    The Bill of rights WAS written to be absolute, but the absolute corrupt will corrupt absolutely. The Bill of rights does not give us rights, it tells the government what they can’t touch. They did not give us our rights, they can’t take them away. Judicial activism and legislating from the bench on ideology must stop now.

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