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Lawyers eye NSA data as treasure trove for evidence in murder, divorce cases

Lawyers eye NSA data as treasure trove for evidence in murder, divorce cases

By Bob Sullivan, Columnist, NBC News

The National Security Agency has spent years demanding that companies turn over their data. Now, the spy agency finds the shoe is on the other foot. A defendant in a Florida murder trial says telephone records collected by the NSA as part of its surveillance programs hold evidence that would help prove his innocence, and his lawyer has demanded that prosecutors produce those records. On Wednesday, the federal government filed a motion saying it would refuse, citing national security. But experts say the novel legal argument could encourage other lawyers to fight for access to the newly disclosed NSA surveillance database.

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander, I guess," said George Washington University privacy law expert Dan Solove. "In a way, it's kind of ironic.

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Seems to me all communications by public officials

should be the first made public. There's a security doctrine for this: knowing secrets on public officials in a way to bribe them (which we believe is exactly what's being done) and the only way to eliminate this threat is to make it common knowledge.

Plus I want to hear all the really sick stuff they do.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

SteveMT's picture

This is called blowback, the unintended consequences of tyranny.

The lawyers will feast on this flesh.

And so...

And so now the lawyers will get to violate our rights as well....

Live in Liberty
Tom Rankin

These requests are going to be coming fast

and furious. One clever lawyer will find a way through the red tape, and the flood gates will open. Hilarious, it weren't so infuriating.

SteveMT's picture

I like your 'fast and furious' comment, i.e. lawyer Eric Holder.

These requests will be no doubt.

Katey bar the doors

The flood gates are open. The fox has been guarding the hen house. Until recently he has been satisfyed with sucking egges but not hes has begun killing the chickens. No good can come of this.

sovereign

Now That's Funny!

Egg Suckers!