Finally, a Federal Appeals Court in New York on Thursday has ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of American’s phone records once and for all, unconstitutional. The 91-page decision reached by a 3 judge panel, comes one month before a pivotal section of the Patriot Act is due to expire. With only 6 days left of a legislative session before the memorial weekend break, the Senate may not have enough time to band together and reauthorize it.
This is great news for American’s who view the controversial bulk-data collection program as being contrary to the law. Several key Republicans, however, are taking a stand against the court’s ruling and seek to reauthorize it, anyways. They don’t feel the 4th Amendment applies when it says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
How can the 4th amendment be any more clear? It specifically says a warrant must be issued describing “the particular place, person, or thing seized.”
This does not matter to Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Marco Rubio, and other GOPers, who place security over privacy. This is supposedly the party of limited government, but don’t let that fool you. They spent the day on the Senate floor spreading fear over what “may” or “might” happen, if we don’t allow them to snoop through our phone records.
John McCain was interviewed by a reporter following the court’s ruling, on Fox News, of course, where he agrees with the reporter’s assertion that:
We need to get into social media, get into the phone, all of it.
McCain jumps into the conversation:
We could have prevented 911, if we had this program before (if the 4th Amendment didn’t exist).
Watch McCain show his disdain for the 4th Amendment:
Senator Marco Rubio’s argument basically can be broken down into the following:
1. Were not listening to your calls, just collecting them.
2. There’s only isolated instances where we might even want the data.
If this is true, if there are only isolated examples of where the government would even need to collect records, then the mass collection of American phone records without permission is unwarranted. The government can obtain a warrant for those “particular persons” as outlined in the 4th Amendment. Then, and only then, would it be constitutional.
But, certain brains just can’t comprehend this reasoning, even when taken from their own arguments.
Watch Senator Rubio then go on to spread fear, in order to justify Americans into giving up their rights:
Mitch McConnell continued with more fear mongering and elaborated on the proposed USA Freedom Act, which seeks to revise the current Patriot Act, by letting phone companies hold onto the data instead, only allowing the government access with a warrant, as the 4th amendment specifically allows for. Yet, he dismisses this constitutional proposal by saying that it would “take too long.”
Sorry the constitution is burdensome for you, Senator.
Watch McConnell use flawed logic against the proposed USA Freedom Act:
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