ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging NSA’s Patriot Act Phone Surveillance Against We the People … Violates Americans’ Constitutional Rights of Free Speech, Association & Privacy
Once again we are witness to a government that has become just too big.
As reported at the New York Times, the ACLU has filed a aw suit against the federal government challenging the NSA’s phone surveillance against “We the People”. In an interesting twist, the left leaning ACLU has filed a law suit against the far-Left Obama administration over the collection of logs of domestic phone calls of all Americans where they were the target of an investigation or suspected of terrorism or not. The law suit names Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Keith Alexander, Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Charles Hagel and FBI Director Robert Mueller III as defendants. It is pretty bad when the ACLU is forced to sue the Obama administration over such an issue, or face a complete lack of credibility.
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Obama administration on Tuesday over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program — whose existence was exposed last week by a former National Security Agency contractor — is illegal and asking a judge to stop it and order the records purged.
The lawsuit could set up an eventual Supreme Court test. It could also focus attention on this disclosure amid the larger heap of top secret surveillance matters revealed by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor who came forward Sunday to say he was their source.
I have personally disagreed with many actions in the past and inactions by the ACLU, who is supposed to defend all Americans civil liberties. However, I have to give them credit here. The ACLU filed a law suit charging that the program violates Americans’ constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy. It is troubling that the US government thinks that it can just sweep up all data without any cause of legal search and seizure. It is even more eye opening that Barack Obama when he was Senator and candidate Obama ridiculed and vilified this program. When he became president, the program went on steroids.
In the wake of the past week’s revelations about the NSA’s unprecedented mass surveillance of phone calls, today the ACLU filed a lawsuit charging that the program violates Americans’ constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.
This lawsuit comes a day after we submitted a motion to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) seeking the release of secret court opinions on the Patriot Act’s Section 215, which has been interpreted to authorize this warrantless and suspicionless collection of phone records. [...]
The ACLU’s complaint filed today explains that the dragnet surveillance the government is carrying out under Section 215 infringes upon the ACLU’s First Amendment rights, including the twin liberties of free expression and free association. The nature of the ACLU’s work—in areas like access to reproductive services, racial discrimination, the rights of immigrants, national security, and more—means that many of the people who call the ACLU wish to keep their contact with the organization confidential. Yet if the government is collecting a vast trove of ACLU phone records—and it has reportedly been doing so for as long as seven years—many people may reasonably think twice before communicating with us.
Legal Insurrection reminds us that this was not the first law suit filed when it comes to the NSA data dragnet, Larry Klayman, former chairman of ‘Judicial Watch’ filed one as well.
On Sunday, a similar suit was filed by Larry Klayman, former chairman of Judicial Watch, against President Obama, Eric Holder, Keith Alexander, the NSA and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, among others. The suit claims that the government’s phone surveillance activities “violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”
Family of Trayvon Martin’s Reportedly Settles Wrongful Death Claim Against Subdivision’s Homeowners Association Where Geroge Zimmerman was Neighborhood Watch Volunteer
Settlement with the home owners association in wrongful death claim in death of Trayvone Martin.
As reported at the LA Times, the family of Trayvon Martin has reached a settlement in the wrongful death civil suit of their son with the subdivision’s homeowners association. Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder, meanwhile he is claiming self defense. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the settlement amount is believed to be worth more than $1 million. The settlement paperwork filed at the Seminole County Courthouse, a portion of which was made public Friday, had the settlement amount blacked out and the parties agreed to keep the amount confidential. In the settlement, the home owners association did not admit any wrongdoing or liability and Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and his estate agreed to set aside their wrongful-death claim and claims for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and expenses.
The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer last year in an Orlando, Fla., suburb, appears to have settled a civil suit claiming wrongful death against the subdivision’s homeowners association.
Citing Seminole County court records, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Friday that the settlement could total $1 million or more. A few pages of the document were made available to the public, but the amount of the settlement was blacked out. The agreement stipulated that those involved would keep the dollar amount private.
As part of the settlement, the homeowners association acknowledged no wrongdoing.
According to the Sentinel, the association took out a $1-million insurance policy a few weeks after the shooting. A receptionist at the office of homeowners association attorney Thomas R. Slaten Jr. said he would not answer questions.
The attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, Benjamin Crump, stated that they intend to file a separate suit later against George Zimmerman. The settlement with the HOA spelled out that Zimmerman was not part of this deal.
Tis the Season to be Rotten … Louisiana Woman Allowed by Judge to Flip Middle Finger In Holiday Lights to Her Neighbors
NOT THE REASON FOR THE SEASON …
Every wonder what’s wrong with people, the country the misuse of the First Amendment, public decency and the hate that is so consumed in individuals these days? One needs to look no further than Louisiana and a Christmas light display formed in the shape of a middle finger … What would Jesus say?
A Louisiana woman has been allowed by a judge, thanks to the representation of the ACLU, to put back up her Christmas lights in the form of flipping the middle finger toward her neighbors. United States District Judge James Brady issued an order temporarily barring city officials from interfering with the display. The two-page order stated the city’s “continued efforts” to prevent Childs from displaying her holiday lights will violate her rights to free speech and due process. So this is what passes as freedom of speech these days. The hell with others civil rights and public decency laws. This woman and the ACLU have a warped sense of understanding of the reason for the season. The ACLU is so quick to help take Christ out of Christmas, yet the are perfectly ok with defending such an appalling and classless example of free speech while using the holiday for their own self-serving and exploitive purposes.
Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger.
Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city.
A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.
Just a quick note and reminder to Sarah Childs, the ACLU and the rest of the misguided and hate filled individuals that make life so miserable for others and ruin what was once a glorious country with your hateful, anti-God agenda … the following is the reason for the season. Of course it is the very meaning of Christmas that the ACLU attacks on a daily basis.
Does Anyone know what Christmas is all about?
George Zimmerman May Sue NBC Over Edited 911 Tape for Defamation to Make Him Appear as a Racist in Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman, the “white” Hispanic who has been charged in the murder of Trayvon Martin may sue NBC for defamation of characterover the edited and misleading 911 audio tape that made him appear to be a racist. NBC initially released the doctored 911 tape that depicted George Zimmerman as a racist as they intentionally deleted certain words and phrases to misrepresent Zimmerman. In the NBC edited audio, Zimmerman says of Trayvon, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The question will always remain why? Who has ever heard of a media outlet editing a 911 tape except for profanity? NBC has fired multiple individuals in the wake of this scandal, calling the edited tape a mistake.
Audio can be heard HERE.
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is suing NBC over the network’s botched editing of his 911 tape, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
We hear Zimmerman’s attorneys are about to file a complaint against NBC and its top executives, naming news president Steve Capus and correspondent Ron Allen, who was the reporter on the scene for the broadcast on “Today” on March 27. He also remained the reporter for the story on “NBC Nightly News.”
A source tells us, “The suit will be filed imminently against NBC and its news executives. The network’s legal department has put everybody in the news department involved with this incident on notice, telling them not to comment.”
Unbelievable ... the Obama Department of Justice and Eric Holder are out of control and have politicized the Justice Department like no other administration. The Justice Department is accusing sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office using “unconstitutional and unlawful actions” in their handling of Hispanics. Believe it or not, the feds want to put one of their lackeys in place to monitor Arpio’s actions. If anything ‘We the People” need monitors to look over the shoulder of Barack Obama and Eric Holder on a daily basis.
The Justice Department, which first targeted Sheriff Joe Arpaio four years ago in his suspected mishandling of illegal immigrants arrested in the Phoenix area, filed a civil lawsuit in federal court Thursday accusing the sheriff and his office using “unconstitutional and unlawful actions” in their handling of Hispanics.
The complaint alleges that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Sheriff Arpaio, the nation’s so-called toughest sheriff, engaged in and continue to engage in a pattern or practice of.
As stated at the Gateway Pundit, “the Obama Administration actually accused Arpaio of blatant disregard of the US Constitution.” This coming from the people who have brought us “Obamacare”.
An angry Sheriff Joe said the feds just want to take over his office and have no evidence.
“They do not care how long it will be, what it costs, just that they are taking on the sheriff, taking care of local activists and taking me to court,” said Sheriff Arpaio.
The sheriff says he could accept an auditor to review what he does, but not a monitor to force changes.
“Monitors are not something to fear, they are something to embrace when you have problems. But if you don’t acknowledge the problem then it is hard to embrace the need for reform,” said Perez.
This Obama-Holder Justice Department is out of control. Where was Holder and the Justice Department when it came to prosecuation the New Black Panther Party and voter intimidation? They need to go and go now.
BACK TO COURT … CASEY ANTONY CIVIL CASE.
The legal battles are not over yet for Casey Anthony. Today, the Casey Anthony legal team returns to court to fight a civil law suit against her brought by the non-profit search organization, Texas EquuSearch. Judge Lisa Munyon will hear motions brought by TES looking to be paid back for the monies that they spent in looking for what was thought to be missing Caylee Anthony. Texas Equusearch spend more than $100,000 in the search for Caylee Anthony.
Pics: Property of Scared Monkeys
Casey Anthony’s legal team will return to court to fight one of the civil suits against her.
Judge Lisa Munyon will hear a motion from Texas EquuSearch Monday afternoon.
Texas EquuSearch spent weeks looking for Caylee Anthony, and it wants Anthony to pay them back thousands of dollars.
At question is whether the fact that Caylee Anthony was ever missing. According to TES, the Casey Anthony’s defense team presented at the murder trial that Caylee Anthony was never a missing person case. Defense attorney Jose Baez and the rest of Team Casey put forth that Caylee Anthony died from accidental drowning and was never missing.
The hearing is being held to ask the judge to force Anthony to answer their questions in a deposition.
EquuSearch v. Casey Anthony: Hearing today at 1:30 PM
EquuSearch is joining another motion filed by attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez, who is also suing Anthony. They say Anthony should be compelled to answer questions in a deposition without invoking the Fifth Amendment. At a hearing last week, attorneys for Gonzalez said Anthony should no longer have that privilege.
Thousands of people took part in the searches for missing Caylee Anthony, only to learn from Casey Anthony’s murder trial that Caylee was dead from the outset.
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