NSA Ruled Illegal

The NSA mass surveillance program, which saw the National Security Agency collecting communication records of US citizens without warrant or probable cause, has again been found to be illegal by an appeals court …


The NSA began collecting bulk phone, messaging, and email data of US citizens following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The surveillance came to light in 2013 when it was disclosed by Edward Snowden, a whistle-blowing contractor who worked on the program.

There were allegations that Apple, Google, and other tech giants were cooperating with the NSA by providing access to private user data. All the companies involved issued denials, but with suspiciously specific and identical wording.

Google went further in its denial, in a way that appeared categorical but may in fact have been a clever non-denial.

NSA mass surveillance rulings

A court in 2015 ruled the program illegal.

A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal […]

The court, in a unanimous ruling written by Judge Gerard E. Lynch, held that Section 215 “cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and that it does not authorize the telephone metadata program.”

The government was hoping that ruling might be overturned in a separate case, but Gizmodo reports that the judge in that case echoed the earlier ruling.

The National Security Agency’s program to hoover up details on billions of domestic phone calls and text messages in the U.S. was illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, and was probably an unconstitutional abuse of power […] The findings were unanimously handed down in a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case.

While the judge only hinted that the program also violated the US constitution, rather than saying so outright, the ACLU had no hesitation in reaching this conclusion.

Wednesday’s ruling “makes plain that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records violated the Constitution. The decision also recognizes that when the government seeks to prosecute a person, it must give notice of the secret surveillance it used to gather its evidence,” Patrick Toomey, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project [said].

The NSA was reported to have abandoned the program in 2018, informing the White House that it no longer made sense.

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7 Thoughts to “NSA Ruled Illegal”

  1. David

    If anyone believes that the government has stopped this…you are sadly mistaken. And Google and Facebook are major players. Of course Zuckerberg is just a closet cock sucker anyway. His word is no more than dog shit. If our government wants to know anything about you they have access to records of your every move,words,and will even go as far as to tell you what you think. We all fall into a category and have been labeled as such. So don’t believe for 1 second that any part of your life is private. On top of that Google and Facebook and Twitter filter what they seem to think you are allowed to view by what kind of info your internet searches should or shouldn’t reveal. They literally ultimately decide what you can and can’t research and what you read to make a so called informative decision.

  2. Sam Cochrane

    I have a truth, why didn’t Osama Ben Laden make the FBI s most wanted list? Check out the FBIs spokesman , Rex Tomb what he said to reporters in 05 . Didn’t have the evidence !

  3. Linda L Hill

    It seems that our government cannot be responsible enough to not use these NSA tools without using them them against another party and even our current President; not to even mention the American People illegitimately, so, what to do about it? The tools used by the NSA are to be used to help protect the American People against any who will do harm to our Country, whether within or whether outside our Country. Therefore, We the People have to decide what is best to do, and not left to our government to make the decisions. Put it to the vote, is the only way, because then we will only have ourselves to blame if things do work out.

  4. Sergio

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  5. How can you find out if the nsa is surveillance someone. Thanks Ozer

  6. David

    Systemic racism, global warming,BLM,Antifa,Culture change,not our concern what and how our children are taught…….people like Kamala Harris…moved from fronting Joe Biden out as the sexual predator he is to hopping on the Biden bandwagon. Pelosi demanding masks when she will not wear one herself unless in front of a camera. Mayors and Govenors eating indoors when we can’t. And now I understand that gyms for government use were never closed. Most of the blacks shot by police were and are criminals,yet their families have Kamala Harris’s condolences. Prosicuters that won’t charge violent criminals, but it’s ok to attack a police officer without consequences. Harris,Waters,Palosi encourages rioting,looting,burning,yet prosecute if you are defending yourself or your own property. And let’s not leave out retribution for something that was done 150 yrs ago. WAKE THE FUCK UP AMERICA!!!!! Just because it hasn’t knocked on your door “yet” does not mean it won’t. These things are just a prelude to Bidens America. He wants to go back to terrorist Obama ways. When is enough enough?

  7. Stephen J. Murphy

    Vulgarity (which I use frequently, unfortunately, and the author above uses for great emphasis) is seldom effecient in these communications.However the point he makes is absolutely valid and needs discussion. My opinion is that anyone who is of the hate Trump group or who intends to vote for Biden is certifiably insane. Many Americans can feel, but cannot think. these feelers all believe that their personal feelings are so important that the whole country should abide by them. almost all of these are Democrats. Many Republicans are feelers. They call themselves “The resistance” or “Never Trumpers”.
    To date Present Trump is the most honest, efficient and accomplished President in the history of our nation. Emerging evidence prooves the past administration was one of the most corrupt in the history of the nation.Our present government is shot thru with corruption, all Trump enemies. The Trump enemies lie and cheat and accuse the President of practices that they engage, but which He does not.
    I believe the American public isn’t as dumd as the Never Trumpers believe. I predict a landslide victory for The President and all Republicans on his coattailes.

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