Just recently we heard the great news that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York had handed down a decision which stated that the NSA surveillance program, widely considered to be a violation of the Constitution, exceeds the scope of what Congress had authorized under the Patriot Act. Congress must act in the next few days, decide whether to reauthorize Section 215 of the Patriot Act, amend it, or let it die a natural death on June 1, 2015.
President Barack Obama, the Constitutional scholar and law professor, must be beside himself with anger after hearing that this court had arrived at this decision that maybe, just maybe (it’s a long shot to say the least) will ban the NSA from collecting up masses of the electronic communications of the American people.
It’s always amazed me how this president who is known as a Constitutional scholar could be so strongly supportive of the NSA spying program that clearly violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who revealed this surveillance program to America and the world in 2013 must be ecstatic about this momentous decision; and the same is probably true of the journalist Glenn Greenwald and others who aided him in publishing the NSA’s documents that clearly proved that the NSA was sweeping up these billions of records.
It seems as if we may be living under the rule of Big Brother as we the American people become today’s version of the proles of 1984; the working class, the masses who were not trusted by their government; who lived under the stifling control of Big Brother and were powerless to do anything about it.
While this court’s decision may represent a major breakthrough on this spying program we can bet that the White House and many members of Congress will fight tooth and nail to see that this decision is overturned. So when I say that the NSA spies have been stopped in their tracks it may only temporarily until those who are determined to invade the privacy of the American people, let’s call them anti-Constitutionalists, find the ways to restore their invasive spying agenda.