Thursday, May 7, 2015

Shut 'r Down! NSA Ruled 'Out Of Line'

The NSA Lacked Authorization

  The federal courts have rebuked the Bush and Obama administrations of exceeding the authorization given them in collecting communications data.

  The behavior of the NSA has come under fire since Director James Clapper testified to congress in a grossly deceptive manner.
  That blatant deception motivated Edward Snowden to 'blow the whistle' in a radical move which has led to his asylum in Moscow, ever since.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked directly whether the NSA collects “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.”

“No sir,” Clapper replied. “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect but not wittingly.”
       The issue now moves to congress, where John McCain and others immediately blasted the ruling, defending the practice as necessary to American security, even though it violates the constitutional tenants of the 4th Amendment.
  Oklahomans have increasingly condemned the abuse of warrantless tapping and pressuring communications companies to comply.
  Unfortunately, the ruling was not based on the constitutionality of the abuse of 4th Amendment protections against warrantless seizure of private papers, but instead they appeals court ruled that congress did not give authorization. Their statement said; 

“We do so comfortably in the full understanding that if Congress chooses to authorize such a far‐ reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportunity to do so, and to do so unambiguously.”
  We'l be watching our senators and representatives on this vote.

The NY Times filed a report.

David Van Risseghem

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