The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the Patriot Act DOES NOT give the NSA authority to engage in the bulk spying of people’s phones.
Back in 2012, the (4th) Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, had confirmed that the NSA carries out warrantless wiretapping on US citizens. Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch has asserted that the permission to collect business records is being exploited to engage in the bulk recording of phone records.
The Government is running out of excuses
This is the first time that a Federal Appeals Court has questioned the legality of the NSA’s data collection activities. However, there is a long way to go as the process now requires the Congress to take note of this development. The Congress is expected to meet before June to decide if Section 2015 should be renewed or not, and will have to reach a verdict this time.
Allegedly, President Barack Obama wants the NSA program to come to an end. Ned Price, spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said that the objective would be to reach consensus on an alternative that preserves essential capabilities.
Data Recording Laws cannot be revised in time
The entire situation has turned into one terrible fruit-salad and there is really no knowing how long it will take before any serious measure is taken to preserve the privacy of the general public.
The system and the politicians tasked with making a decision is nearly a century old. It will take months if not years for a consensus to develop, over a decision that involves the internet – the one technology that evolves exponentially every moment. The law making system cannot possibly keep up with the demands of the internet.
The Voice of the People
In fact, the track record shows chances that the government will push people’s privacy out of the frying pan and into the fire. No wonder people have given up on the government. An increasing number of people have started using encryption and tunneling tools to bypass government censorship.
Some people use it to unblock geo-restricted websites, others use it to stay off the government’s grid, and others use it to take a stand in the defense of their fundamental right to browse the web without the NSA’s constant data logging.
Read what the top whistleblowers and LinkedIn influencers have to say about the NSA, and how this information is helping people use VPN to secure their internet privacy and online freedom through tunneling and encryption.