Senators Call NSA Snooping Unnecessary to Security

Three senators have said what pretty much everyone in the world is thinking – that the NSA's methods of data collection were huge intrusions and completely unnecessary for the security of the United States. Mark Udall (D-Colorado), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) collectively filed an amicus curae brief for a lawsuit filed against the NSA, claiming that its record collection violated the Fourth Amendment.

The amendment guarantees protection against unreasonable search and seizure of property, which historically has been used to ensure a "right to privacy." The brief also warns against broad interpretations of FISA, which in theory, could be used to collect financial and medical records from U.S. citizens – a process that is supposed to be very illegal unless the authorities have prior approval and probable cause.

From the brief, "Because the government's call-records program needlessly intrudes upon the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Americans, [we] believe the bulk collection of these phone records should be ended."

The NSA has countered this claim that their efforts are reasonable and justified to protect Americans from terrorists. 

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  • thechief73
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    [EDIT/UPDATE]

    It's Latin for "Who guards the guards?"

    or better know as "Who watches the watchmen?"

    I thought it would be more elegant without having to explain the meaning.
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  • clonazepam
    "Who will watch the watch-guards?" - Had to translate that. Thanks Google. You're my friend (sometimes). lol
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  • f-14
    "The amendment guarantees protection against unreasonable search and seizure of property, "

    no the Amendment IV clearly states

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons,
    houses,
    papers,
    and effects,
    against unreasonable searches and seizures,
    shall not be violated,
    and no Warrants shall issue,
    but upon probable cause,
    supported by Oath or affirmation,
    and particularly describing the place to be searched,
    and the persons or things to be seized.
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