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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Ruling’s not a surprise — this is going to the USSC.
So if the govt contracts a company to do something they can ignore the entire Constitution?
The ruling comes nearly two weeks after Judge Richard J. Leon of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said the program most likely violated the Fourth Amendment. As part of that ruling, Judge Leon ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs who brought the case against the government
In his ruling, Judge Leon said that the program infringes on that degree of privacy that the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998.
Thanks very much for the insight.
Fortunately (?) for us, the last word on the subject is the USSC and not Judge Pauley.
In this case, ACLU v. Clapper, the judge notes a government admission that it has been collecting substantially ALL phone connection metadata since May 2006. This vacuuming of data by the government isn't something new or unique to the Obama administration. The government is continuously increasing its surveillance, as technology permits. Once in awhile it gets caught and Congress puts on a dog and pony show, complete with enactment of meaningless legislation. See, e.g., the Church Hearings.
Fortunately (?) for us, the last word on the subject is the USSC and not Judge Pauley.
Do Supreme Court justices use the telephone?
In 1979, when the FISA court was established, you had to get a warrant for the specific numbers you wanted to capture and trace. This could be done if a warrant was properly approved by the FISA court.
Back in those days, the information was analog, not digital.
Today, you still need a FISA court warrant for a specific use or target. What the NSA did was get three month warrants for the entire country and the FISA court approved that, in clear contradiction to the FISA law.
Also, in 2013, most telephonic communication is digital INCLUDING THE CONVERSATION. Now, the call can be reconstructed in the future, including the CONTENT of the call because all of the digital information has been hoovered for future reference.
This is why this needs to be stopped. no more hoovering. That’s for vacuum cleaners only.
If the NSA or FBI has a specific target, they may apply for a FISA court warrant for that. Otherwise, they cannot be allowed to just take all telephonic information with the expectation of future use at their whim and direction. Doing that makes a mockery of the Fourth Amendment.
William H. Pauley III.... a Bill Clintoon appointee
Those things would be something to see.
Do Supreme Court justices re-write a law so that it becomes a "tax" and therefore withstands Constitutional scrutiny?
There's the rub isn't it? While I'll argue all day long this issue is going to the USSC, given the current radical makeup of the court on the left, a few seasoned Conservatives on the right, and a Chief Justice more concerned with the court's "image" than actually applying the law, who in their right mind really knows which way this thing will go once it reaches the Supremes?
I sure as hell don't .....
>> Rulings not a surprise this is going to the USSC.
More cover for Congress that’s enabling the alleged violations.
Our “representatives” are completely AWOL.
The last word on the subject is we, the people.
No it's not. The last word is them people over there. They're the ones in the 53% getting some form of government check every month while the rest of us mopes work and support their lazy asses.
Unless you meant something different, as in not at the ballot box?
The FedMob government is flagrantly lawless from top to bottom, TigersEye rules.
This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,
Did not stop the Boston bombing...
Neither did a Russian HEADS UP!?
Stoopid stupid soupid. Govmint government gubment.
Which is why the Federal Government failed to provide a single instance where an act of terrorism was prevented .... and as you've noted the Boston Marathon Bombing.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven. It's time for the revolution. These lawless bastards aren't going to go if voted out, it's time to put them out.
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.
The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821