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?
Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998.
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.
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
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.
A Federal judge who neither understands the Constitution nor supports it.
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.
This ruling would make all wiretaps legal.
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.
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.
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"...
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