Current Event Cat of the Day: Likely Unconstitutional

Current Event Cat - Likely Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled the National Security Agency’s mass collection of telephone data “likely unconstitutional.”

Stopping just short of unconstitutional, Judge Richard Leon said that the program clashes with the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure and the electronic spy agency’s practice was an “arbitrary invasion”. The George W. Bush appointed judge went on to say the NSA’s collection of “metadata”, including telephone numbers and times and dates of calls, was “almost Orwellian”. Almost Orwellian? Likely Unconstitutional? Is Judge Leon just being cautious or is he afraid the NSA will secretly implant child porn on his computer if he pushes this any further?

Meanwhile, the man behind the whole NSA scandal has applauded the court’s ruling.

“Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights,” wrote Edward Snowden. “It is the first of many.”

Snowden is still in Russia, searching for a place to call home (that’s not Russia). On Monday, the White House rejected an amnesty for Snowden and continued to push Russia to send the notorious leaker back to the States. But Snowden has a new plan: a Brazilian exchange. In an “open letter to the people of Brazil,” Snowden offered to help its government investigate U.S. spying in exchange for political asylum.

In his letter, Snowden writes, “Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.”

So I guess his plan is to terrify Brazilians into taking him in?

Via: BBC News & CNN

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