Judge Rules NSA Phone Records Collection LegalThe Paralegal Resource
January 2, 2014 — 859 views
There is a possible threat of protests breaking out after the latest ruling by the US District Judge William Pauley that favors the mass call tracking program conducted by the National Security Agency, which violates the constitutional Fourth Amendment. This judgment comes as a direct conflict to a ruling of federal judge Richard Leon in Washington DC a few days back, taking the example of the fourth amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to appeal against this ruling which came as a massive jolt to their efforts to protect the privacy of the citizens of the country.
How the Case Evolved Over Time
This whole affair carried out by the US government came out in the open when the former NSA employee Edward Snowden blew the whistle on it all. He made some of the secret documents of NSA public and he eventually had to take shelter in a foreign country as the U.S. government declared him a fugitive. The complaint was filed in June after the news broke out in 'The Guardian' about the mass call tracking program of the government. Judge Pauley defended this move taken by the government saying that it is the only way to stop any more terrorist activities from taking place, given the example of the 9/11 attacks which was carried out remotely.
ACLU's Plan of Action
With this huge setback, the ACLU is not losing any hope and their deputy legal director, Jameel Jaffer, has even stated that they are going to pursue this matter further and appeal against this ruling in higher courts. According to the ACLU, the government has not cited a single case where they have been successful in preventing a terrorist attack from happening thanks to their bulk meta data collection. Not many are very optimistic about the chances of the ACLU winning the case as times have changed and people are now giving away a lot more information in many mundane tasks which ‘needs’ to be monitored by the government.
This debate about making the personal information of people known to the secret government service is not going to die anytime soon. This issue is going to carry on for a long time as matters involving national security and privacy of people are concerned, which has become very critical in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks and the recent acts of terror like the Boston bombings.