Judge Rules NSA’s Orwellian Data Mining Activities Probably Unconstitutional

718px-National_Security_Agency.svgI’m sure the NSA will stop if we ask them. Pretty please with sugar on top?

Via WhoWhatWhy:

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled today that the government’s bulk collection of phone data probably is unconstitutional, setting up an appeals court showdown about Fourth Amendment rights over the secrets revealed by leaker Edward Snowden.

Leon, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, said that the National Security Agency’s metadata collection violates privacy rights, made a preliminary ruling in favor of five plaintiffs who challenged the practice.

His 68-page ruling included withering words for the federal government, describing the wholesale scooping of data as Orwellian.

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” he wrote. “Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

He said the government has not revealed a single instance where the data collection “has actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature.”

  • Anarchy Pony

    Since when has the deep state cared about the constitution?

    • Rhoid Rager

      deep state? is that a new political science term i haven’t seen yet?

      • Calypso_1

        : ) look into it. Essentially shadow gov’t (w/o any of the UK application) Came into use to describe Turkish politics but has got much more traction over the past few years. It also brings in the black market, intelligence community, gov’t/corp revolving doors, etc. Basically any real power thats off the books or the system wasn’t designed to function with. It’s a great aggregate concept, much better than ‘They’.

        • Anarchy Pony

          ‘S’why I like it.

        • Rhoid Rager

          interesting. thanks for the illumination.

  • InfvoCuernos

    How long before this judge has an unfortunate plane accident?

  • DeepCough

    “Yeah, I’d say about 50/50, y’know, thereabouts.”

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