Court Seals It: We Live in a 'Surveillance State'
Glenn Greenwald: Justices protect Obama's 'Kafkaesque' warrantless wiretapping
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2013 1:56 PM CST
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court yesterday gave the green light to the Justice Department to continue eavesdropping on Americans without need of a warrant. In so doing, the court's five conservative justices agreed with the "Kafkaesque reasoning" of the Obama administration, which was borrowed and expanded upon from the Bush administration, writes Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian. Essentially, this line of argument states that the warrantless wiretapping allowed under the FISA Amendments Act is so secret that nobody can be sure they're being spied upon and therefore can't sue.

This is nuts, writes Greenwald. To prevent people from suing "on the ground that the US government's secrecy precludes them from proving with certainty that they are being targeted is to remove the US government's surveillance actions from the rule of law and the constraints of the Constitution." Which means the "US government has constructed a ubiquitous Surveillance State." Click for the full column.

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mind_riot
Feb 28, 2013 9:20 AM CST
so because i cant prove they are watching and listening in on me they can do as they like ....hmm interesting precedent . attempted murder rape and burglery is now out the window , could have been just trying to help the guy , maybey the guy was holding the woman down for her own protection , and how do you konw he was there to steal ? cant read anyones mind right . I mean sure the guy stabbed someone 12 times but he could have been just trying to bleed him for health reasons , and sure the guy had the chick naked and pinned but maybe he just thought she was choaking and needed cpr ? cant read his mind right? and maybe the drones in the sky are just passing over , cant prove they are watching you, maybe they are looking the other way? now of all the above arguments what one is the least insane ? the first guy was trying to kill second guy was trying to rape third guy was trying to rob the place but you are not being watched ? did i wake up in some bizaro new reality ?
mind_riot
Feb 28, 2013 7:46 AM CST
there is a line of personal rights that should have never been crossed , if our representatives were to turn around and be given a powerful set of eyes they would see that they have crossed it leagues ago and are now in the territory of the wolf
SilenceDogood
Feb 28, 2013 5:30 AM CST
The most interesting observation here, from my POV, is the silence from the Left Wing! Americans have been stripped of due process and the droids of Obama sit on their hands and do nothing. This ruling by the Supreme Court is not good for “We the People”, and the Left Wingers and the Media march in lock step with the Darth Sidious.