Apparently, a panel of federal judges seems unconvinced that mass collection of your telephone metadata by the federal government without a warrant violates the Constitution.
I’ll pause a moment here and let you recover from the shock.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Klayman v. Obama Tuesday. According to the National Journal’s Dustin Volz, “two of the three judges repeatedly voiced skepticism that the mere collection of those records—which are already maintained by telecom companies—poses any threat to ordinary citizens.”
I find this argument interesting. The last time I checked, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t read, “You must have a warrant unless some politically connected lawyers decide whatever you want to take doesn’t really pose a ‘threat.’”
You can read more about the exchange between Klayman and the federal employee-lawyers sitting on the D.C. Circuit bench HERE.
But the takeaway is pretty simple: the federal judiciary will not protect your rights.
End of story.
If you’ve pinned your hopes on the courts, you will find yourself wallowing in a great big tough of disappointment, as I’ve already pointed out HERE.
If you really want to protect your privacy and end warrantless federal spying, you need to turn your back on the Beltway and take a different, more radical approach.
Visit http://www.offnow.org/plan to find out more.