Federal Judge William Pauley RULES That NSA Mass Surveillance On Americans Okay


William H. Pauley III is a United States federal judge (in Manhattan). This judge apparently believes it is okay that the NSA spies on Americans through its massive surveillance programs. His recent “ruling” is considered egregious by many, and is in fact opposite a viewpoint earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C.

Pauley said violating the rights of millions of Americans prevents terror attacks.

Here’s more about this ‘Judge’…

While rampant violations of the Fourth Amendment continue, U.S. District Judge William Pauley cited al-Qaeda and 9/11 which resulted in “a necessary extension of steps taken [against terrorism]” which is apparently why he dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the NSA’s surveillance program.

Both cases (Pauley and Leon) now move to appeals courts and a conflict that some believe will eventually be settled by the Supreme Court.

More about this federal judge who apparently disregards the civil liberties of Americans…

Judge William H. Pauley III
Born in Glen Cove, New York in 1952
Received an A.B. from Duke University in 1974
Received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1977
A law clerk, Office of the Nassau County Attorney, New York from 1977 to 1978
Deputy county attorney of Nassau County Attorney’ Office, New York in 1978
Private practice in New York City from 1978 to 1998
A federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, 1998-present

Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998.

How long do federal judges like this one, serve?

In the Federal Court system, judges of Article III (Constitutional) courts, which are limited to US District Courts, the US Court of International Trade, US Court of Appeals Circuit Courts, and the US Supreme Court are appointed to serve “during good behavior,” meaning “for life,” provided they don’t commit an impeachable offense. Judges and justices may choose to resign or retire voluntarily.

Since Judge Pauley apparently has no issue with internal government surveillance on its citizens, we felt it was our civic duty to let you know his publicly available contact information in the event you would like to express your opinion…

Judge William Pauley
Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse
500 Pearl St.
New York, NY 10007-1312

Courtroom: 20B
Chambers Phone: (212) 805-6387
Deputy Phone: (212) 805-6393

Judge William Pauley III ruled:

The September 11th terrorist attacks revealed, in the starkest terms, just how dangerous and interconnected the world is. While Americans depended on technology for the conveniences of modernity, al-Qaeda plotted in a seventh-century milieu to use that technology against us. It was a bold jujitsu. And it succeeded because conventional intelligence gathering could not detect diffuse filaments connecting al-Qaeda.

Prior to the September 11th attacks, the National Security Agency (“NSA”) intercepted seven calls made by hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, who was living in San Diego, California, to an al-Qaeda safe house in Yemen. The NSA intercepted those calls using overseas signals intelligence capabilities that could not capture al-Mihdhar’s telephone number identifier. Without that identifier, NSA analysts concluded mistakenly that al-Mihdhar was overseas and not in the United States. Telephony metadata would have furnished the missing information and might have permitted the NSA to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) of the fact that al-Mihdhar was calling the Yemeni safe house from inside the United States.

The Government learned from its mistake and adapted to confront a new enemy: a terror network capable of orchestrating attacks across the world. It launched a number of counter-measures, including a bulk telephony metadata collection program—a wide net that could find and isolate gossamer contacts among suspected terrorists in an ocean of seemingly disconnected data.

This blunt tool only works because it collects everything. Such a program, if unchecked, imperils the civil liberties of every citizen. Each time someone in the United States makes or receives a telephone call, the telecommunications provider makes a record of when, and to what telephone number the call was placed, and how long it lasted. The NSA collects that telephony metadata. If plumbed, such data can reveal a rich profile of every individual as well as a comprehensive record of people’s associations with one another.

“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”
-Ben Franklin

Here’s a good report on Pauley’s ruling (and falling for the ‘Big Lie’) from Washington’s Blog


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