Obama Administration Claims “State Secrets” to Block Judge’s Ruling on NSA Spying
Monday, December 23, 2013
In an attempt to prevent a federal judge from ruling on the constitutionality of surveillance programs operated by the National Security Agency (NSA), the Obama administration told the court that litigating the case would endanger state secrets.
This comes after a different federal judge ruled that the mass collection of NSA phone records is likely unconstitutional.
In a pair of court filings late Friday, the White House told the court for the Northern District of California that the NSA collection of Americans’ Internet and phone data was authorized by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“President Bush issued authorizations approximately every 30-60 days,” Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper revealed.
“Although the precise terms changed over time, each presidential authorization required the minimization of information collected concerning American citizens to the extent consistent with the effective accomplishment of the mission of detection and prevention of acts of terrorism within the United States,” Clapper stated. “NSA also applied additional internal constraints on the presidentially-authorized activities.”