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October 7, 2015

Wyden Hails Federal Judge’s Ruling Against NSA Surveillance; Surprised Feinstein Eyes Appeal

Two top Democrats had predictably different takes on a federal court ruling Monday that a National Security Agency phone record collection program likely runs afoul of the Fourth Amendment.

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the ruling a “surprise.” She predicted an appeal and perhaps a different result at the appellate level.

“It clearly, I think, will be appealed to go to the D.C. Circuit Court and we’ll get a much better fix, I think, on where this is. On one hand … I believe it’s healthy, I really do, to have this court oversight. That’s what this government is all about, and I respect it,” Feinstein told reporters. “On another hand, it’s surprising because we thought we were depending on United States Supreme Court law set in 1979 and carried out by 15 individual district court judges as members of the FISA court who authorize this every 90 days and have never, to the best of my knowledge” found the program unconstitutional.

Also predictably, Sen. Ron Wyden lauded the ruling.

“It is an astounding day when a federal judge says a government surveillance practice would leave James Madison aghast. What the judge is saying supports a position I’ve held for some time,” he said. “The idea of collecting all these phone records is not inoffensive data collection, as some of the proponents have said; it is digital surveillance.”

“Our bipartisan coalition is going to keep pushing very very hard to ensure that we come up with more effective approaches that ensure that our people are protected [and] we don’t invade their constitutional rights,” Wyden said.

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  1. Socialism is Organized Evil

    Dec. 17, 2013
    11:28 a.m.

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  2. Dwight Neller

    Dec. 17, 2013
    2:21 p.m.

    “Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called the ruling a “surprise.” She predicted an appeal and perhaps a different result at the appellate level.”

    She should start packing her bags. This is the beginning of the end for her war profiteering via SSCI and her Defense contractor husband Richard C Blum. She’s personally pulled down 100 million already so it’s not like she’s leaving empty handed. I’m sure California will continue to elect her until they can’t, but being chair of the senate intelligence committee won’t likely last much longer. I’m sure she is lobbying tirelessly now for some hope of reversing this decision. The people don’t want to be spied on by you and your pals Dianne. It’s simple. There are more of us than there are of you.

    It is nice to know that at least her holiday will be spent fretting about this setback. It is obvious to me that she lacks any conscience so only the fear of losing business will work to give her a reality check. For me, she really does personify all that has failed here in the US, in the last few decades especially. I know it’s all been slowly deteriorating for longer, but it’s really starting to show on the surface. The US Constitution represents nothing more than irritating business hurtles to Dianne Feinstein. She absolutely expects to be entitled herself, but really doesn’t see the common person as worthy of having civil rights, especially when they get in the way of her personal business plans.

    I’m hoping for another “surprise” in this ruling being upheld by other courts and eventually leading to the dismantling of this Orwellian State and the punishment of these crooked politicians for defying the will of the people and selling us all out behind closed doors. Jail would be great, but I’m sure they have that all fixed by some loosely bound immunity.

    What a profoundly sad time to be a US Citizen.

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