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'Secret Interpretation' Turns 200 Years of American Law on it's Head

Secret Court's Redefinition of 'Relevant' Empowered Vast NSA Data-Gathering
In classified orders starting in the mid-2000s, the (secret) court accepted that the term “relevant” could be broadened.
Surveillance Lawsuit (now) AT the Supreme Court
RELEVANCE is the key issue argued in the suit... see 2:30 mark

http://youtu.be/0q6DjaRULpU

It then permitted the entire database of records on millions of people.
The obvious long standing interpretation widely applied historically in criminal cases allows only specific and pertinent records.

“Relevant” has long been a broad standard.
The way the (secret) court is (now) interpreting it, to mean “everything,” is new.

Pretending that “everything” is “relevant”
Interpreting “relevant” as meaning “everything” throws more than 200 years of American law on its head … plus a couple hundred additional years of British common law on which early American law was based. The most basic principle of evidence law is that only information actually relevant to the case can be admitted.

The 'secret interpretation'
The two senators on the Intelligence Committee, Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Mark Udall (D., Colo.), have argued repeatedly that there was a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act, and now confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that this new interpretation of the word “relevant” is what they meant.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732387390457857...

Government’s “Secret Interpretation” of Patriot Act: “EVERYTHING” Is Relevant … So Spy on EVERYONE
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/governments-secret-in...



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See Surveillance Lawsuit video (above)

now added.
Filed by EPIC http://epic.org/ Electronic Privacy Information Center
The Lawsuit (in form of emergency petition) HAD to go directly to the Supreme Court and not through the lower courts first,
as explained by Alan Butler, EPIC. 1:10 mark

Mandamus Petition

1:58 mark
A writ or order that is issued from a court of superior jurisdiction that commands an inferior tribunal, corporation, Municipal Corporation, or individual to perform, or refrain from performing, a particular act, the performance or omission of which is required by law as an obligation.

A writ or order of mandamus is an extraordinary court order because it is made without the benefit of full judicial process, or before a case has concluded. It may be issued by a court at any time that it is appropriate, but it is usually issued in a case that has already begun.
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Mandamus+petition

"Relevant" kicks legal interpretation into the policy arena.

Which means, in a nutshell, "anything goes". I.e. anything the executive branch decides.

Great post--

thanks. Couldn't access the WSJ art.(not a member) But one thing is for sure: All out war on terrorism is a smokescreen for some future plan in the works. imo And we aren't going to like it. Just like all their wars on: poverty, drugs, equal rights...

Loved the eagle picture and if I could, I'd stick this flag in it's claws: http://i.imgur.com/xh9J77U.jpg

Who in the hell signed up for this, much less agreed to pay for it? No one. It's done in secret, without our knowledge.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

word games...

Once the courts engage in this deceptive practice anything can mean anything... and all justice goes out the window.
'When the literal, expressed interpretation makes sense...
seek for no other sense'... words to live by.
and thank you for the encouragement :)

ecorob's picture

This isn't what we're paying for.

We're not paying taxes so someone can spy on us, for holy Christ's sakes!

Why are some of

my letters

jumbled?

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Yes, it is.

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You pay taxes in order not to be kidnapped and thrown in a cage. Those taxes will always be used, first and foremost, to ensure that you continue to do so.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose