Skip to comments.N.S.A. Phone Surveillance Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules
Posted on 12/27/2013 2:17:39 PM PST by lbryce
A federal judge in New York on Friday ruled that the National Security Agencys program that is systematically keeping phone records of all Americans is lawful, creating a conflict among lower courts and increasing the likelihood that the issue will be resolved by the Supreme Court.
In the ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granted a motion filed by the federal government to dismiss a challenge to the program brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had tried to halt the program.
Judge Pauley said that protections under the Fourth Amendment do not apply to records held by third parties, like phone companies.
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A Federal judge who neither understands the Constitution nor supports it.
“SCOTUS ruled, in Smith v. Maryland, 442 US 735 (1979), that individuals have no legitimate expectation of privacy regarding the telephone numbers they dial because they knowingly give that information to the telephone companies when they dial the number.”
I publish my home address. So, I guess I have given the government the right to a little look-see in my front window. But it’s ok if they are doing it to everybody.
This also violates the 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, even though I’m sure the black-robed cabal would argue that I didn’t invoke those rights with the proper words.
It all stinks, IMHO.
A ruling from a federal judge is no different than the opinion of some random jackass these days.
The system needs to be reigned in big time.
And if you don’t use the phone (much), that creates probable cause that you are criminal (otherwise, why would you make an effort to “hide”?), so any (federal) judge will grant a warrant.
Heh, heh. Sort of like too much time out of sight of the telescreen becomes probable cause.
Islamists get a free pass.
I’m pretty sure the NSA is the reason why Obamacare was found to be constitutional.
This ruling would make all wiretaps legal.
“Fortunately (?) for us, the last word on the subject is the USSC and not Judge Pauley.”
Yes, that went so well for us on Obamacare, didn’t it?
And on same sex marriage.
It may be legal (meaning it complies with some law congress enacted) but it is certainly unconsitutional. The USSC will end up ruling that the current laws allowing this crap, are unconstitutional.
Judge Pauley should be impeached. No way government is authorized to collect everybody’s every communication and store them. It is a clear prescription for abuse of power.
I trust you either understood the sarcasm or saw follow-up posts.......No, I don't trust this USSC who's led by a chief justice more concerned about the court's "image" than actually applying the Constitution.
Judges are appointed to be political hacks.
So one can find a Judge who will ok or not ok anything.
The USSA judicial system has been a farce for years.
Do not rely on justice from the USSCourt.
At least half the justices are political hacks and the CJ is weak and likely being blackmailed.
The Constitution is regarded less well than toilet paper now.
We have to assume that the Supreme Court Justices, along with all of CONgress, Federal Court Judges, State Legislatures, Courts, and Governors are being spied on by the NSA and are potentially being blackmailed.
“Islamists get a free pass.”
You can have peace knowing...no matter how dangerous the things our adversaries do to us, their efforts are “still”, in the end, in vain. Our Lord is NOT SLACK in His Promises.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
PRAISE THE FATHER, AND THE SON!
Remember that the Supreme Clown, Roger Taney, said stuff about blacks in America that was patent garbage.
The only reason clowns like this make their clownishness stick is that there are guys with guns backing them up.
That's what is known as "tyranny"...
But I think it is impossible to know what this supreme court is going to do since it has become obvious in the last few years that 6 or 7 of the nine justices are as crazy as rats in a tin [out]house during a hail storm.