Bulk surveillance has been ruled illegal, but the Obama Administration says they might do it anyway.
From the Guardian:
The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.
If America still had journalists worth even a single penny this would be the front-page, news-leading story on every outlet in the nation. It would not disappear until the President was removed from office. This is the ultimate in lawlessness and tyranny: Yes, the courts said this was illegal and unconstitutional, but the President says “Do it anyway.”
The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop.
US officials confirmed last week that they would ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court – better known as the Fisa court, a panel that meets in secret as a step in the surveillance process and thus far has only ever had the government argue before it – to turn the domestic bulk collection spigot back on.
Justice Department national security chief John A Carlin cited a six-month transition period provided in the USA Freedom Act – passed by the Senate last week to ban the bulk collection – as a reason to permit an “orderly transition” of the NSA’s domestic dragnet. Carlin did not address whether the transition clause of the Freedom Act still applies now that a congressional deadlock meant the program shut down on 31 May.
But Carlin asked the Fisa court to set aside a landmark declaration by the second circuit court of appeals. Decided on 7 May, the appeals court ruled that the government had erroneously interpreted the Patriot Act’s authorization of data collection as “relevant” to an ongoing investigation to permit bulk collection.
How many Articles of Impeachment have been filed? Zero. Not one.
It’s obviously well past time for a new Declaration of Independence from the monsters and petty thieves in DC. Tragically, the American people don’t seem to even desire freedom anymore—many just want someone to take care of them. And tyrants… oh… they love to “take care” of such people.