The Great Hoax: NSA Data Collection is Legal
Dec. 28, 2013
US District Judge William Pauley, nominated by former president Bill Clinton, wrote an opinion stating that the National Security Agency (NSA) collection of data from Americans via cell phones is legal and an integral part of counter terrorism measures.
Pauley claims that these spy programs “represents the government’s counter-punch” that has saved the US from more September 11th attacks.
The district court judge said: “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.”
Last month, Pauley was at the center of the debate over whether or not Americans can request that the National Security Agency (NSA) halt their surveillance programs.
Lawyers for the government stated to Pauley that “ordinary Americans cannot legally challenge it.”