Here Come The Lawsuits…
The American Civil Liberties Union and others are fighting back, and has just filed a federal lawsuit against members of President Obama’s national security team over the National Security Agency’s telephone surveillance, the first legal challenge to the NSA’s dragnet program…
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York, argues that the NSA’s ongoing, daily collection of virtually all Verizon telephone records is unconstitutional and should be stopped.
In the wake of the past week’s revelations about the NSA’s unprecedented mass surveillance of phone calls, the ACLU filed a lawsuit charging that the program violates Americans’ constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.
The ACLU’s complaint explains that the dragnet surveillance the government is carrying out infringes upon the ACLU’s First Amendment rights, including the twin liberties of free expression and free association.
The ACLU’s complaint charges that the executive branch’s use of Section 215 (of the Patriot Act) violates the plain language of the statute itself.
“This dragnet program is surely one of the largest surveillance efforts ever launched by a democratic government against its own citizens,”
“It is the equivalent of requiring every American to file a daily report with the government of every location they visited, every person they talked to on the phone, the time of each call, and the length of every conversation.”
– Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director
Even the political Left have now realized the danger of allowing government to grow so big and powerful that it begins to track, spy, and record the ‘metadata’ on ordinary innocent citizens, and use agencies like the IRS to target its political opposition. Even the Left knows that one day this could (and will) affect them…
USNews.com is reporting… Obama, 9 PRISM Partners Targeted by Class-Action Lawsuit… PRISM Class-Action Lawsuit Filed: $20B, Injunction Sought Against ‘Complicit’ Companies and Officials
Lawsuit says Obama chilled free speech; attorney encourages citizens to ‘man the barricades of freedom’
Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman filed a federal class-action lawsuit Wednesday against AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype, Yahoo! and YouTube, and their CEO’s, and President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA director Keith Alexander, the Department of Justice and the NSA.
We must continue to challenge our politicians, ‘leaders’, and government programs. Do not sit silently by. Say something. Do something.
Do not sacrifice your liberty for security. The world is inherent with risk but we don’t need big brother scooping up data on everyone in hopes of finding a needle in the haystack. Not only is that arguably unconstitutional, but that power is too tempting to be abused, and evidently it already has…
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