NSA is being challenged in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union!
The NSA which was found to have been snooping into the phone records of Verizon customers is now facing a legal challenge by the ACLU. The lawsuit filed by the ACLU in U.S. District court for Southern New York is challenging the NSA for it’s blanket wiretaps of Verizon customers is challenging the constitutionality of the wiretaps themselves. The ACLU is challenging on the basis the unconstitutional wiretaps violate the First Amendment rights of Verizon customers to speak freely and to freely assemble. “This dragnet program is
surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a
democratic government against its own citizens.” said the ACLU’s deputy legal director, Jameel Jaffer, “It is the equivalent of
requiring every American to file a daily report with the government of
every location they visited, every person they talked to on the phone,
the time of each call, and the length of every conversation.” This is not the first lawsuit to challenge the NSA secretive program of surveillance. Larry Klayman, founder of the websites Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, filed a similar lawsuit against the NSA last Friday.
The recent disclosures of the NSA surveillance initiatives the
Obama administration says are separately authorized under the Patriot
Act section 215, which governs broad surveillance measures, And the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), focused
attention on the truthfulness of Clapper’s response when James Clapper responded “No sir.” to Senator Ron Wyden D-Ore. when he asked whether the NSA collected “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” James R clapper, director of National Intelligence, is also named in the ACLU lawsuit after the program known as Prizm came to light last week. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD, top Democrat on the house Intelligence committee, told reporters following a briefing about the leaked NSA secret surveillance system programs that “mass databases are required because if you need to look for a needle in a haystack, you first need the haystack.”
So lets get this straight, the same Democrats who told you that George Bush went way to far with the Patriot Act in the first place, and that your freedom was in dangerous jeopardy, now refer to you as a haystack. Ok, I think we get it. Bottom line is trying to figure out how those who were so uncomfortable with Bush’s plans to secure the Nation after the attacks on 9/11 suddenly become totally at ease when Democrats themselves take matter far beyond what even tricky dick Richard Nixon could get away with. In fact when you consider the Huffington post ran an article with a headline: “Remember the day that Barack Obama went all Richard Nixon on us.” and it took so long to get up in arms, one has to wonder if it’s willful blindness or sheer ignorance, because it is most certainly one of the two if not both.
And when did the Democrat party become the party of Big Brother? Only Senator Rand Paul had the guts to do a 13 hour filibuster on the senate floor and force the Obama Administration to admit we have a bill of rights and there are limits on what Government can do to it’s citizens. And let’s not forget it was Senator John McCain R-AZ and Senator Lindsey Graham R-SC who called the new kid’s supporters “whacko birds” when the younger voters under 35 were actually interested in conservative ideas. Strange times, indeed.