The U.S. president, Barack H. Obama, asks us to trust our leaders.
“In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok,” Obama said, without discussing details. “But when you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance.”
He’s a super-hawk, but he’s not a hypocrite.
This is just one of the all-too-many public officials we are asked to trust with our “metadata”.
Judge Vinson was the trial judge who presided over the most high-profile challenge to the health law, brought by governors and attorneys general from 26 states, along with other private plaintiffs.
In January 2011, Judge Vinson ruled unconstitutional the law’s requirement that individuals carry health coverage or pay a penalty, calling it “a bridge too far.” He found that the insurance mandate was so central to the law that the entire measure must be voided.
The Supreme Court, of course, later upheld most of the law on a 5-4 vote, one of the biggest high-court rulings in a generation. The four dissenters agreed with Judge Vinson in calling for the nullification of the whole law.
The renewed attention on Judge Vinson comes after he just completed his seven-year term on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government surveillance requests related to national security investigations.
It’s an evil day.
These “post-9/11” days I feel both old-fashioned and bitchy, but I’ll strike a new optimism and call for the impeachment of the president, now that the National Security Agency has joined the dark and douchbag side – like the South Korean pond scum at NIS, et al. – andis monitoring and recording Americans’…ummm, “metadata”.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.