Ever wonder how the law adapts to technology that makes it harder or easier for police to search and seize suspected criminals? Orin Kerr posits that an Equilibrium-adjustment exists. "Courts respond to the new facts by trying to restore the old level of protection. If a new technology or practice increased government power, courts ratchet up Fourth Amendment...
NSA whistle blowers warn that the US government can use surveillance to ‘see into your life’
"National Security Agency whistle blowers Thomas Drake, former senior official; Kirk Wiebe, former senior analyst; and William Binney, former technical director, return to 'Viewpoint' to talk about their allegations that the NSA has conducted illegal domestic surveillance. All three men are providing evidence in a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the NSA.
Drake says the spying affects 'the entire country,' citing a 'key decision made shortly after 9/11 which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance.'
'It’s hard to believe that your government’s gonna actually do it,' Wiebe says. 'That was the shocker.'
Binney mentions a new NSA facility under construction in Bluffdale, Utah: 'That facility alone can probably hold somewhere close to a hundred years worth of the communications of the world.' Binney continues, 'Once you accumulate that kind of data – they’re accumulating against everybody – [it's] resident in programs that can pull it together in timelines and things like that and let them see into your life.'"
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