Federal Judge Strikes Down NSA’s Bulk Metadata Program: “I Cannot Imagine a More ‘Indiscriminate’ and ‘Arbitrary Invasion’ Than This Systematic and High-Tech Collection and Retention of Personal Data On Virtually Every Single Citizen”

“The Government Does Not Cite A Single Instance In Which Analysis Of The NSA’s Bulk Metadata Collection Actually Stopped An Imminent Attack”

A federal court has just struck down the NSA’s bulk metadata spying program today.

The court notes:

The Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature.


There is no indication that these revelations were immediately useful or that they prevented an impending attack.


I have serious doubts about the efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations in cases involving imminent threats of terrorism.


The Fourth Amendment typically requires “a neutral and detached authority be interposed between the police and the public,” and it is offended by “general warrants” and laws that allow searches to be conducted “indiscriminately and without regard to their connection with [a] crime under investigation.”

I cannot imagine a more “indiscriminate” and “arbitrary invasion” than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on “that degree of privacy” that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Indeed, I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware “the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,” would be aghast.

The judge also said that the NSA spying program is “almost Orwellian”.

The judge is right:

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  • Fullblad

    Which court? What about the appeal? What about the Continuity of Government Act being in force or if anyone knows whether it is in force?

  • Tonto

    Judge Richard Leon in effect just moved the Constitutional goal post, by implying that were there evidence of actually stopping an imminent attack, or, otherwise were it shown that these invasions of privacy aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature, that there were revelations immediately useful, or if there was some proven efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations, then (with this entirely new and made-up position of the Constitutional goal posts) a court COULD rule these obvious violations of the U.S. Constitution -legal-.

    If it is not the executive branch or the legislative branch of government destroying the Constitutional protections afforded individuals, then it is the judicial branch of government doing so.

    This judge is not a competent jurist. He knows nothing of how the law works. He is more just a guy with a big mouth who opens it when he should keep it shut. He has no judicial authority to weigh the negative reasoning-evidence with which he has just justified his ruling. This judge is the typical clown sitting on the bench.

    All these American judges are professional liars. These judges make this shit up, and expect everyone to admire their reasoning. What a crock of shit this is. This decision is nothing but a bullshitter’s judicial con job. It will be reversed citing the very arguments this judge allowed into his reasoning, fallacious arguments that as a judge, Richard Leon had no judicial authority to consider. The Constitution makes no exceptions like what this clown is talking about in his decision.

    Reality is infinitely complex. And those who study and understand this infinite complexity can prove just about anything to be true, when it is not. That is how the law works. These judges are all just professional liars. They are not even clever liars.

    • jerry bolduc

      amen brother…the 2nd “judge” to be publicly executed for their disgusting treachery will solve the cowardly judges problem…and QUICK!!

      • Tonto

        Witness right here, now that the goal post effectively has been moved, just how easily it is to justify continued spying. Here we have a fool who comes here to shout for public execution of federal judges. If we do not read of his arrest, then we can be sure this lone wolf, pretender or not, is still out there needing to be spied upon.

        Is there any doubt left? BRILLIANT! Let’s throw another $500 billion at NSA.

  • “Do Away With The NSA!”

    this system is in place for YOU, Mr & Mrs America, never invented or intended to stop “Terrorists”, ya see this is the oxymoron here, these criminal SOB’s in there now ARE THE TERRORISTS!!!
    The sole purpose of this highly illegal system is to monitor Real Americans for signs of dissent or blasphemy against Lord Obo the a$$Klown and the mafia bunch formerly known as the US Government

    Can ya see how they’re working this now??? That other HIGHLY ILLEGAL “Patriot Act” will be Their defense, this tyrannical abomination should also be aborted & abolished.

    Thank you Judge Leon for the Constitutional fortitude to uphold our Law Of The Land!!! Need more like you to beat these tyrannical prichs

  • Doctor L

    You can call it spying or a carefully orchestrated collection of information as it passes through the airways. All information is potentially important. As such there is no rule of privacy. No one can invade your castle, but when you communicate in public, you are no longer have the expectation of privacy and must conform to the rules and standards of those that rule. There are no Lone Wolf Pretenders
    that can claim independence from the rest. You must abide by the laws of where you reside whether it be in a free nation like the U.S. or a country that imprisons the families of those that marry outside their religion and convert to Christianity.
    D. Lock, Punta Gorda, FL.