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Judge Rules NSA’s “Indiscriminate & Arbitrary” Invasion Of Privacy Likely Unconstitutional

from ZeroHedge:

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely to be unconstitutional. As Politico reports, Judge Richard Leon blasted, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval.” This is the first significant legal setback for the NSA’s surveillance program since Edward Snowden exposed it.

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2 comments to Judge Rules NSA’s “Indiscriminate & Arbitrary” Invasion Of Privacy Likely Unconstitutional

  • Fred Hayek

    Wow. Thank you Judge Leon.
    Please keep away from small planes and helicopters in the near future.

  • Ed_B

    “Judge Rules NSA’s “Indiscriminate & Arbitrary” Invasion Of Privacy Likely Unconstitutional”

    Wow. And for “rulings” like this, we need a highly educated and well paid judiciary? The US Constitution was created for the benefit of all US citizens and as such it is perfectly understandable by the legal layman. What is it about the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution that this judge cannot quite figure out? What part of illegal search and seizure is so difficult to understand. In order to seize information and investigate individuals, the US courts have ruled MANY times that officers of the US, state, and local governments MUST have what is called “probable cause”. This is information that a reasonable person would understand and know from it that a serious crime was in progress and that law enforcement officials should intervene in before dangerous results occur. But, the NSA does not have such probable cause to be doing their blanket warrant-less searches of everyone with no clue as to who is up to what. This is not only illegal, it is blatantly illegal and everyone with even the slightest knowledge of the law, let alone a JD degree and years of jurisprudence experience, knows it.

    Either this judge is a nitwit, which is entirely possible, or he is afraid of the NSA. If he is afraid then there is likely a good reason for that. Perhaps he does not want the brakes on his car tampered with?

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