Startling Comments From Judge Nap (On Today's Peter Schiff Show w/ Tom Woods Guest-Hosting)Submitted by kevink on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 23:38
On today's Peter Schiff show Tom Woods asked Judge Napolitano about what specifically Ed Snowden revealed to us that we didn't know already.
Judge Napolitano replied (and I transcribed his response):
Well we knew from the NY Times revelations in 2005, which they sat on for 18 months, if they reviewed it when they learned it, John Kerry might have defeated George Bush. Nevertheless, [slight chuckle] we know from their revelations in 2005 that the NSA had been spying on Americans. What Snowden told us is that the NSA and the Obama administration were validating that spying by actually getting warrants for it from the FISA court.
What we also learned is that it was not selective spying as we thought it was in the Bush years. It was dragnet. What turned out to be "let me having your billing records Verizon" really was "we now have the content - emphasis content - of every telephone call, every email, and every text message sent by one person in the United States to another, starting 2 1/2 years ago. And this was approved and authorized by a secret judge in secret by judges in a secret court. So secret that the judges themselves are not allowed to have iPhones or Blackberries or pens and pencils. So secret that the judges themselves don't have records of their own decisions. What Edward Snowden revealed back on June 6th, a copy of an order signed by judge Roger Vincent - an otherwise good guy. One of the first judges to find Obamacare unconstitutional on commerce clause grounds.
Nevertheless when he signed an order directing Verizon in April of this year to surrender the billing records of all 113 million of its customers - that's about 200 million households - *HE* didn't even have a copy of the order that Snowden did. That's how secret this court is. So about 20 members of Congress knew about it. They weren't, under the law, allowed to say anything. 11 members of court knew about it. They weren't, under the law, allowed to say anything. The NSA lied about it in public when testifying before a committee on which Senator Widen sat. And apparently the NSA lied about it in private in their briefings to the members of Congress.
So in order to support the program, the NSA began doing, what the Justice department is prosecuting Edward Snowden for doing. It began leaking. So the NSA leaked that it "stopped 50 plots". And then the NSA leaked that it caught these crazies in the Saudi Arabian Peninsula this week in their so-called conference call of 20 people. That sounds absurd and I don't know how anybody can believe this but that's what they want us to believe.
What they can't answer is how invading the inalienable 4th amendment right to be left alone of 330 million Americans helps them capture bad guys in Saudi Arabia. They can't answer that other than to say "well it's a little easier if we have the whole haystack and we're looking for a needle." Well the constitution has built in values in it that intentionally make the government's work *not easy*. Because the government has to protect our freedom while it does it's work in looking for the bad guys.
MY OWN COMMENTS FROM HERE ON:
It's interesting that Obama defends the spying program by reassuringly saying it has "congressional oversight". Interestingly Obama doesn't trust the discretion of those 20 congress people who knew about the program to legally blow the whistle on it should they deem it necessary.