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N.Y. Judge: NSA Spying “Imperils Civil Liberties of Every Citizen” but “Legal”

Southern District of New York Judge William Pauley III declared in a December 27 decision that the NSA surveillance program — which draws in every American's telephone records without a warrant or probable cause — was “legal” even though it “imperils the civil liberties of every citizen.” The decision contrasts sharply with a decision two weeks ago by Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon that termed the warrantless surveillance program unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian.”

Almost Orwellian was no problem for Pauley, who found that the Constitution should not get in the way of programs the government claims have worked: “The question for this Court is whether the Government's bulk telephony metadata program is lawful. This Court finds it is.”

Pauley dismissed the lawsuit by the ACLU despite acknowledging that “This blunt tool works because it collects everything. Such a program, if unchecked, imperils the civil liberties of every citizen.”

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This judge welcomes his own peril as "legal"

Along with the rest of us! Some impartial arbiter of justice he ain't, eh?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Another

giant leap into post Constitutional Amerika. Sure hope the sheeple wake up soon.

This is designed to

insure the Supreme Court accepts the case. When there's confusion in the lower courts, the Supreme Court is more likely to settle the confusion. Obamacare was a good example.

Yeah...a good example

of how not to trust the supremeist court...

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

Considering their ruling

on Obamacare, you're absolutely right...

the judge should be

Taking out back and shot for treason.

WTF...what kind of judge is this?!

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The American Revolution was fought, in part, to create a system of government in which the Rule of Law would reign supreme. The rule of law is often identified with the old saying that the United States is a nation of laws and not of men. Under the rule of law, the actions of government officials are prescribed by the principles and laws that make up the U.S. legal system and do not reflect the Arbitrary whims and caprices of the government officials themselves.

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Fourth+Amendment

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

We are becoming (if we're not already) a banana republic

.

Legal fiction?

Legal Fiction

An assumption that something occurred or someone or something exists which, in fact, is not the case, but that is made in the law to enable a court to equitably resolve a matter before it.

In order to do justice, the law will permit or create a legal fiction. For example, if a person undertakes a renunciation of a legacy which is a gift by will the person will be deemed to have predeceased the testator—one who makes a will—for the purpose of distributing the estate.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I have one word for you...predator drones. Oh, you think I'm kidding?" Obombya

Treason

That's all I have to say about that (TREASON) PP. maybe I shouldn't be watching Forest Gump anymore?

Then by his admission it's illegal...

The program imperils the Civil Liberties of every citizen, thus it's illegal. You can't have it both ways.

Even more chillingly, if it applies to all U.S. Federal Citizens...then those who are feeling its wrath would be wise to exit the matrix.

US Citizens with a capital "C" only targets corporate citizens.

The problem with this idea is

The problem with this idea is that they dont distinguish between different 'types' of citizen. If you are in the USA legally and arnt here on a visa or something, you are a citizen period to them.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Who best to reconcile

this kind of contradictory reasoning but a "legal professional"?