New York federal judge today dismissed ACLU lawsuit against NSA snooping. In a 54-page order released Friday morning, Judge William H. Pauley III said that controversial NSA phone surveillance program is a necessary function of United States surveillance programs and a cornerstone of our liberty.
Among the claims in his order include (My comments are in the parenthetical):
- “Every day, people voluntarily surrender personal and seemingly private information to transnational corporations. Few think twice about it...” (Yep, what your crotchety old dad said about this whole thing is totally right).
- “There is no evidence that the government has used any of the bulk telphony metadata it collected for any purpose other than investigating and disrupting terrorist attacks.” (Oh, and also there very little evidence that they've managed to disrupt a lot of terrorist attacks).
- “The bulk telephony metadata collection program is subject to executive and congressional oversight...” (Hey, you know that elected body with the lowest approval ratings in modern history, yeah, it's got your number. LITERALLY).
- “No doubt, the bulk telephony metadata collection program vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States (OK, starting to get scared). That is be design, as it allows the NSA to detect relationships so attenuated and ephemeral they would otherwise escape notice (Remember, they aren't doing anything with this information, but they totally are).
- “As the September 11th attacks demonstrate...” (ZZZZZZ. Did Rudy Giuliani write this? I don't think citing one of the largest intelligence failures in U.S. history is a great idea).
- “Liberty and security can be reconciled; and in our system they are reconciled within the framework of the law.” (Oh, you're going to quote Boumediene? Well, I got a quote for you, “They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” SUCK ON MY BEN FRANKLIN).