The Yahoo ruling, from 2008, shows the company argued that the order violated its users’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The court called that worry “overblown.”
“Notwithstanding the parade of horribles trotted out by the petitioner, it has presented no evidence of any actual harm, any egregious risk of error, or any broad potential for abuse,” the court said, adding that the government’s “efforts to protect national security should not be frustrated by the courts.”
Jesus, what a load of bullshit. These things should be tried in the open so that the public can make their opinions known to their representatives.
I guess we will have to turn to WhiteHouse.gov for help, here’s a few great petitions:
- Declassify and Discontinue Government Surveillance of Phone Records and Internet Activity
- Pardon Edward Snowden
- Repeal, in whole or in part, the U.S.A. Patriot Act, in order to stop secret, warrantless collection of data.
- Impeach federal judge Roger Vinson for authorizing warrantless NSA surveillance of millions of Americans’ phone records.
- President Obama, if you believe in NSA surveillance, we challenge you to a live, public debate with Edward Snowden.
- Let Glenn Greenwald Interview President Obama About The NSA
Those are fun, let’s do all of them.
In the meantime, I signed up for Silent Circle, as I believe them to be the most secure, that is the easiest to use, encrypted communication system. Their apps don’t look great, but hey they work.