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People have a right to privacy in the text messages they send from their phones, even if they can't know for sure who might be reading them, Washington's Supreme Court held in two related cases Thursday.
Local, state and federal agencies ranging from local sheriff's offices to the North Dakota Army National Guard have borrowed unmanned surveillance drones from the Homeland Security Department nearly 700 times in the past three years, according to government records obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
For three years, the National Security Agency routinely violated rules set down by federal judges governing how the agency was allowed to use mass-collected data about every telephone call made in the United States, according to more than 1,800 pages of declassified documents the Obama administration released Tuesday.
The Obama administration on Tuesday will release more than 1,000 pages of declassified documents, including formerly secret court filings and rulings, that explain how the government has interpreted the Patriot Act to justify its broad collection of data about Americans' phone calls and emails.
The National Rifle Association has thrown its weight behind a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's domestic snooping.
The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.
With the simultaneous rise of liberals in President Obama's Democratic coalition and Rand Paul-style libertarianism among Republicans, concern over government intrusiveness has moved to the forefront, sparking a debate that would have seemed unimaginable during the cocaine wars or in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Gun advocates in California have joined Christian and Muslim groups in a lawsuit challenging on First Amendment grounds the large-scale data collection efforts exposed by National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden.
The government's snooping on Verizon customers ought to be a wake-up call for every American. The "security" bureaucrats have spent more than two decades laying the groundwork for the "right" of the government to keep tabs on everyone's movements and communications.