Uncle Snoop listens – But the Supremes won’t hear

Travlin
By Travlin on Sun, Mar 31, 2013 - 5:21pm

The super secret National Security Agency (NSA) is listening to any communications into or out of the USA they suspect might help track terrorist.  This includes communications made by US citizens like journalist and attorneys.  Since the secret court that oversee this program has been effectively neutered, only the NSA knows how widespread this practice is.  If they chose to monitor all communication into and out of the USA we wouldn’t know it, and evidence suggest they do.

The federal government claims NSA monitoring is authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act even though it appears to be a blatant violation of our Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search.  A legal challenge was reviewed by the Supreme Court, and in a 5-4 decision they threw out the case.  Their ruling was an astounding example of torturous illogic.  In a nutshell they said – NSA monitoring may be widespread, but you can’t prove they are listening to you, because that’s a secret.  Therefore you can’t show you are being harmed, so you don’t have legal standing, so the Supreme Court won’t hear your case.

NPR wrote:

The decision most likely means that nobody will ever be able to bring a challenge to FISA.

"It's a Catch-22," says Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitution Accountability Center. "It's a secret program that is hard to get information about, and yet the court is seeming to require plaintiffs to get that absolute certainty before they can challenge the constitutionality of the surveillance."

Because of the majority opinion's broad language limiting the right to go to court in this case, some constitutional law experts worry about the courtroom door being similarly closed in cases that do not involve national security …

  More from NPR  From CNN

The Seamless Surveillance State is fast becoming a reality.  In this case the Supremes said you can’t even challenge Uncle Snoop in court.

What do you think about this?

Travlin

More information
Google –  Supreme Court Foreign Intelligence Surveillance act
Wikipedia – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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