Secret court decision allows NSA to continue spying on everyone

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Despite the amount of leaked information regarding the NSA spying on American (and foreign) citizens that was recently released, one would think the agency would take steps to cut down on its actions. But that is not the case. Apparently, the secret court that supervises the NSA’s spying behavior has given permission to proceed to continue on its mission.

What does this mean for Americans? Well, the NSA will continue having the right to request data from telecom companies. Previously, action like these would have never been publicized; however, the government chose to make public this information due to increased scrutiny over the Snowden leaks.

As it stands, it seems like the American government has no interest at this time to cease and desist from collecting telephone and web data of its citizens. Furthermore, there is no way to challenge this violation to Americans constitutional rights in court, so at the moment the NSA and the government have American citizens right where they want them. And the question about NSA spying on foreigners is not even being asked — all is acceptable in the name of national security.

How do you feel about the NSA’s spy program? Let us know in the comments below.

[via Wired, image via Ink Block]

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6 comments

  1. Darcy

    You can’t uphold the law by breaking the spirit of our rights under the constitution. The 4th Amendment states; “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Just because this is being done electronically instead of physically does not change the clear intent of this amendment.

  2. JMJ

    I second Mike and Seamus McSeamus. Except for rare cases like Cincinnatus, Power does not relinquish power voluntarily. It must be taken. Admirably, by design, our U.S. Constitution provides means to “redress grievances” with the Government.

    Politicians are (necessarily?) self-serving and will act, if not on principles then in their own best interests. To Seamus’s advice, I would add that a snail-mail letter gets the most attention: *Somebody* becomes responsible for doing *something* with the piece of paper that can’t simply be *deleted*.

    @Vamien McKalin – Nice article. However, to my knowledge, this issue has not yet been fully tested in the Courts, i.e., the Supreme Court. Until that happens and fails, I’ll maintain faith in the self-correcting facilities of our form of Government. And, even if it does fail there, we can still revert to Seamus’ Plan B: “Make a pest of yourself.”

  3. Seamus McSeamus

    [@cpusrvc]

    Mike is correct. Put pressure on your elected officials in DC by calling their office, either in DC or in your local district. Make a pest of yourself. Email? Not very effective, from my experience. You get a form, generic reply, and added to their mailing list. Phone calls take more effort than firing off an email, so they get more attention.

  4. cpusrvc

    When I think of all the men, and now women, who have given years and even their lives to protect our freedoms, I shudder of what our country has become. Our country is doing things today that only a few years ago we would have condemned when other countries did the same.