A panel of judges from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA's mass phone-record collection program was not authorized by Congress in the Patriot Act.
The appeal was launched by the ACLU, who point out that the case sets a number of important precedents and establishes a number of important facts, including the idea that "metadata" is every bit as sensitive as data; the precedent that mass records collection (like the DEA's surveillance programs) are not legal; and that decisions about the extension of spying powers should only take place with public debate.
The decision’s significance extends far beyond the phone records program alone. It implicates other mass spying programs that we have learned about in the past two years and — almost certainly — others that the government continues to conceal from the public. For example, we know that the Drug Enforcement Administration, for decades, employed a similar definition of “relevance” to amass logs of every call made from the United States to as many as 116 different countries. The same theory was also used to justify the collection of email metadata. Both those programs have been discontinued, but the legal reasoning hasn’t, and it could very well be the basis for programs the government has never acknowledged to the public, including the CIA’s bulk collection of Americans’ financial records.
Why Today’s Landmark Court Victory Against Mass Surveillance Matters
[Patrick Toomey and Noa Yachot/ACLU][
EFF Hails Court Ruling Rejecting NSA Bulk Collection of Americans' Phone Records [EFF]
NSA's phone spying program ruled illegal by appeals court [Jonathan Stempel/Reuters]
49% of Bernie Sanders supporters are white; compare with Biden (56%) and Warren (71%). Sanders also leads in support from women under 45. Last quarter, Sanders outraised every other candidate, and he did it with small money donations averaging $18.07.
Justin Trudeau is not your woke bae, he's just Joe Biden with abs: there's no policy so progressive that JT won't endorse it, provided that he never has to do anything to make good on that endorsement, which is how JT ended up being complicit in the #MuslimBan, making Canada's Patriot Act much worse, bailing […]
In an important reminder that Republicans are entirely capable of stopping Trump when they actually disagree with him, next year’s G7 summit of world leaders will no longer be held at one of his own hotels. President Trump says the White House has abandoned plans to host next year’s G7 summit at his Doral Miami […]
Most people don’t spare a lot of thought on the potting for their plants. Perhaps something with a color that matches the walls, but that’s as far as it goes. After all, the plants don’t care what they’re wearing. Do they? Actually, they might. As eye-catching as the AIRSAI Floating Bonsai Plant Pot is, its […]
With the gains real estate has made over stocks in the past 25 years, it’s easy to see why the rich constantly use it to expand their wealth. What’s slightly less obvious is why only the rich seem to ever break into real estate investment. There are a lot of reasons, but a couple of […]
If you’re a coder, there’s a multitude of avenues for you to take your skills. Whether you’re just jumping into the world of programming or looking to rise up the ranks as an established professional, a wide base of knowledge is key. And this Premium 2020 Learn to Code Certification Bundle is a resource that’s […]