3 Hours and 47 Minutes After Obama Says He’ll Sign Law BANNING Bulk Collection, DOJ Asks Secret Court to CONTINUE Bulk Collection

Spencer Ackerman reports in the Guardian:

The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop.

Ackerman details the timeline in a tweet:

Marcy Wheeler notes with frustration:

DOJ, however, doesn’t much give a shit about what USA [Freedom Act] actually amends.

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The government will pretend it doesn’t matter.

The bottom line is that the NSA is a rogue agency … engaged in clearly illegal conduct.

But the White House and Congress are both enabling the worst in mass surveillance.

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  • tom

    “The bottom line is that the NSA is a rogue agency … engaged in clearly illegal conduct”.

    I’m confused. Isn’t that the US federal government you are describing?

    • johnrhett

      Er, yes. The same government that deliberately provided falsified DNA evidence in nearly every murder investigation that the FBI was involved with for 30 YEARS.

  • Fritz Kohler-Dniepper

    During times of war and under the grounds of National Security, monitoring US Citizens is LEGAL.

    During times of war and under the grounds of National Security, any form of dissent can be associated to Sedition and the subsequent ground(s) for Insurrection; thus individuals who advocate seditious activities will be tried under the Military Tribunal system.

    During times of war and under the grounds of National Security, compulsory internment of certain US Citizens and Aliens living in Continental United States and overseas possessions into designated military areas is LEGAL.

    joint resolution. (17c) A legislative resolution passed by both houses. It has the force of law and is subject to executive veto. Black’s Law Dictionary Ninth Edition

    Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) = JOINT RESOLUTION

    In legal terms the United States of America is currently in a State of War: Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) — http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-107publ40/pdf/PLAW-107publ40.pdf

    END OF STORY

    • The_Exile

      None of that is in our Constitution… in fact, the constitution was wrote to prevent it.