By Tom Rhodes, 6/6/2013
AP news has reported that an order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, requiring Verizon to give the NSA on a daily basis information on all telephone calls in its systems within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries. Verizon serves over 100,000,000 customers, about a third of the total population of the U.S.
We don’t know if similar order was given to AT&T or the other major carriers. What we do know is that this is clear evidence that the Fourth Amendment to the United States is dead. The Obama administration is collecting the communication records of millions of We The People, indiscriminately and in bulk, regardless of whether they were suspected of any wrongdoing.
The 4th Amendment is pretty clear it 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. Reviewing the other Amendments, there is no place where the constitution has been amended to create an “exception” for anything, including national security.
Typically and constitutionally FISA court orders typically direct the production of records pertaining to a specific named target suspected of being an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or a finite set of individually named targets. This is clearly supported by the 4th Amendment where what is to be searched and who is to be searched and exactly what records are to be seized is specified. This FSIA court order signed by Judge Roger Vinson is so broad and unlimited that it covers a full third of the nation without specifics and is clearly unconstitutional. All the calls you make, and who you call are now classified as “business records.”
The reality is that they don’t have access to just Verizon customers (1 in 3 Americans). Because Verizon serves about a third of the country, and that third calls people not served by Verizon, even those people who are not Verizon customers will be monitored if they call or are called by a Verizon customer. Your calls are being monitored – PERIOD. This complete disregard for the constitution and the end of the Rule of Law, is part of the downfall of this country.
Personally I’d rather live with dangerous freedom, than secure tyranny. What are we going to do to stop the tyrannical government we have who now without justification says it has the authority to monitor the phone calls of every American?