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Surveillance Court OKs Continued Phone Snooping

Yes, you should take that as a huge "fuck you"

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WASHINGTON — The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court renewed the government's authority Friday to continue the collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, one of the classified counter-terrorism programs disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

In an unusual public statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged that the court renewed the authority that was set to expire Friday.

"In light of the significant and continuing public interest in the …collection program, the DNI has decided to declassify and disclose publicly that the government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the court renewed that authority," the statement said.

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  1. Surprise, surprise, surprise!
    Obozo lies again!

  2. The Royal court can do what the Royal court pleases!
    Next case!

  3. This is actually good news. The entire bill of rights has been a dead letter for quite some time, and finally the ruling elite has quit pretending otherwise.

    Maybe more people will wake up, but probably a majority will continue to be thankful that the USG has voided the BOR to keep them safe.

  4. This evokes an image of James Clapper’s bald head, with his thumbs in his ears, wiggling his fingers, and sticking his tongue out after loudly announcing “nyah, nyah”.

  5. “‘Are you saying that a US citizen targeted by the United States in a foreign country has no constitutional rights?’ she asked Brian Hauck, a deputy assistant attorney general. ‘How broadly are you asserting the right of the United States to target an American citizen? Where is the limit to this?’

    “She provided her own answer: ‘The limit is the courthouse door’ . . . .

    “‘Mr. Hauck acknowledged that Americans targeted overseas do have rights, but he said they could not be enforced in court either before or after the Americans were killed.'”

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