Klayman: USA Freedom Act won't protect us from NSA spying!
Calls New Law "Inoperative" and a "Sham"
(Washington, D.C., June 2, 2015). Today, Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, and a former Justice Department prosecutor, labeled the new USA Freedom Act "inoperative" and a "sham." Klayman and his staff at Freedom Watch enjoined the National Security Agency in a court case which he had filed under his own name and those of two clients, Charley and Mary Ann Strange on December 16, 2013, before the federal court in Washington, D.C. The appeal of this preliminary injunction is now winding its way through the appellate courts, and is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DC Circuit is reviewing and presumably will soon issue an opinion concerning the preliminary injunction of Judge Richard J. Leon, which found NSA spying on hundreds of millions of Americans by obtaining their telephonic metadata to be unconstitutional as violative of the Fourth Amendment.
Klayman commented on the new law:
"The USA Freedom Act leaves the metadata in the hands of the telephone companies and requires to NSA to now show probable cause to obtain it about someone suspected of being a terrorist or communicating with terrorists. While this sounds superficially good, in practice, the Act is meaningless, inoperative and a sham, as the NSA and its sister spy agency the CIA have for years been illegally violating American statutory law and the Constitution without regard to any legal requirement. These outlaw agencies will do as they please in grabbing the confidential telephonic and internet communications of anyone they see as a threat to their power and the power of the establishment politicians, both Democrat and Republican, which they are in bed with. Personnel at the NSA have also been revealed to use its vast surveillance capabilities to spy on paramours, according to its own Inspector General. That is how easy it is to violate the law, and the NSA has done so thousands of times, without regard to fighting terrorism. The spy agencies even have the capability to indiscriminately listen to the content of telephone calls, as well as access confidential financial records. I have filed other court cases, now underway, which will prove this.
The politicians in Senate and House think they are pulling a fast one to fool average Americans, but I will not rest until the lawlessness of the NSA and CIA is curtailed by competent courts and judges like Leon – not the compromised politicians in Congress like Senator Mitch McConnell, Representative Peter King, and many others who do not have the desire or will to truly take them on, and have known all along about this lawlessness and condoned it," added Klayman.
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