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EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional

There currently is misleading information being spewed out which portrays today's release of secret FISA court ruling as a free choice by the Obama administration. Some are calling it an "unprecedented move" to release the information in face of escalating public debate.

I thought to myself... hmm that sounds unlikely....

Sure enough, this is entirely misleading. These specific FISA court opinions are only being released now by the administration because the Electronic Frontier Foundation had a legal victory against the Department of Justice. The legal victory led to a federal court order for the government to release these FISA court opinions. The deadline for the release (after government requested extensions) was today.

Here is the EFF's announcement along with links to the 2011 FISA court opinion:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/eff-victory-results-ex...




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It brings true joy to my heart

whenever I hear that there are people fighting government tyranny out there. It really does. I hope to one day get off my ass and have the courage to go out there and make a difference.

The only time Obama gets it right is by "default"

Just like when the news gave Obama credit for the troop pull out in Iraq. Obama tried to extend the troops in Iraq by extending the contract. Iraq refused the contract and then Obama announces he is pulling the troops out like it was his original intention and the news prints it.
The only time Obama gets it right is by "default"

And this isn't even Obama being right by default...

This is about Obama's administration being caught out, spying on the American people unconstitutionally, then trying to deny it, then being forced by a court to admit it.

That's called being wrong. And having to admit it.

PEOPLE OPPOSING TYRANNY - Real Grass Roots!
Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Great where is it?

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I'm in the process of

I'm in the process of inventing a cell phone with a mechanical power off toggle switch that immediately cuts power to the entire phone when switched to the off position. The cell phone immediately starts powering up when switched to the on position. The soft on/off button can still be used to put the phone in standby mode.

Thank you for reporting this. I had not

seen it anywhere. I appreciate knowing this.

SequoiaTrees4RonPaul

The government constantly

The government constantly lying to me is getting on my nerves.

Same here... that includes

Same here... that includes their media surrogates.

James Clapper included a cover page alongside the documents that states:

"These releases also reflect the Executive Branch's continued commitment to making about the Government's implementation of Section 702 publicly available when appropriate and consistent with ensuring the protection of the national security of the United States."

The truth is they were forced by a federal court order to release the records. He makes no mention of the legal case they lost to EFF under the Freedom of Information Act.

If interested to see the spin, the James Clapper cover letter is linked to at the bottom of this Guardian artice:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/21/nsa-illegally-c...

The Guardian is one of the only media sites I have seen that actually mentions the EFF case as the reason for the release... the government's media surrogates on the other hand are spewing out their misleading White House talking points.