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The NSA's Massive Phone-Tracking Program Is Legal, New York Judge Finds

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Less than two weeks after Federal Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA's "indiscriminate and arbitrary" invasion of privacy is "likely" unconstitutional, giving a trace of hope that America may rise above its Orwellian Banana republic status, here comes New York City District Judge William Pauley to slam the coffin shut on US privacy and the Fourth amendment, and make a mockery of Edward Snowden's alternative Christmas message. Moments ago the WSJ reported that "a federal judge in New York City has ruled that a massive U.S. phone-tracking program is legal."

U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued the decision Friday, saying the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al Qaeda's terrorist network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

 

The ruling notes the terrorist attacks in 2001 and how the National Security Agency's phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect information before the attacks occurred.

 

The judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU didn't immediately respond to a message for comment.

Bananas for everyone!

From Pauley's ruling, the lies emphasized in bold:

There is no evidence that the Government has used any of the bulk telephony metadata it collected for any purpose other than investigating and disrupting terrorist attacks. While there have been unintentional violations of guidelines, those appear to stem from human error and the incredibly complex computer programs that support this vital tool. And once detected, those violations were self-reported and stopped. The bulk telephony metadata collection program is subject to executive and congressional oversight, as well as continual monitoring by a dedicated group of judges who serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

 

No doubt, the bulk telephony metadata collection program vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States. That is by design, as it allows the NSA to detect relationships so attenuated and ephemeral they would otherwise escape notice. As the September 11th attacks demonstrate, the cost of missing such a thread can be horrific: Technology allowed al-Qaeda to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. The bulk telephony metadata collection program represents the Government's counter-punch: connecting fragmented and fleeting communications to re-construct and eliminate al-Qaeda's terror network.

 

"Liberty and security can be reconciled; and in our system they are reconciled within the framework of the law." Boumediene, 553 U.S. at 798. The success of one helps protect the other. Like the 9/11 Commission observed: The choice between liberty and security is a false one, as nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil. The 9/11 Commission Report, at 395. A court's solemn duty is "to reject as false, claims in the name of civil liberty which, if granted, would paralyze or impair authority to defend [the], existence of our society, and to reject as false, claims in the name of security which would undermine our freedoms and open the way to oppression. American Comm'cns Ass'n,  C.I.O. v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 445 (1950) (Jackson, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part).

 

For all of these reasons, the NSA's bulk telephony metadata collection program is lawful. Accordingly, the Government's motion to dismiss the complaint is granted and the ACLU's motion for a preliminary injunction is denied. 

And a brief bio on the Judge:

Born in Glen Cove, New York, Pauley received an A.B. from Duke University in 1974 and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1977. He was a law clerk, Office of the Nassau County Attorney, New York from 1977 to 1978. He was a Deputy county attorney of Nassau County Attorney' Office, New York in 1978. He was in private practice in New York City from 1978 to 1998. He was an Assistant counsel, New York State Assembly Minority Leader, New York from 1984 to 1998.

 

Pauley is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998, to a seat vacated by Peter K. Leisure. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received his commission on October 22, 1998.

 

Among his notable decisions was that involving Ben-ami Kadish, a U.S. national who pleaded guilty to passing classified information to Israel.

 

Full ruling below:

 

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Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:20 | 4279327 VD
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lying SKUM!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:19 | 4279338 Harlequin001
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Well it was worth the Revolution wasn't it. What next?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279352 hedgeless_horseman
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Law firms bribing judges via unlimited campaign contributions is also legal.

Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279362 Buckaroo Banzai
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That "judge" looks like a Grade-A, satan-worshipping, child-molesting, baby-eating douchebag.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:29 | 4279374 Skateboarder
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Fuck you William Pauley, I hope you get a camera firmly lodged in your anus for the rest of your life.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:33 | 4279404 machineh
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Just another salaried-for-life hack in black in the tradition of John 'Obamacare' Roberts.

Fuck the federal judiciary!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:53 | 4279496 akarc
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"Fuck the federal judiciary!"

Until we have equal protection under the law. And yes I know it is a fantasy. But provide me with countless opportunities to say FUCK THEM ALL. Including the state and local gestapo'po's

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:55 | 4279516 pods
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Guy looks like he is the straight and narrow type that enjoys buggering little kids when only the NSA is watching.

pods

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:19 | 4279581 dryam
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Hell yes it's legal as long as you are in a communist country & don't go by the Constitution this country was founded on.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:23 | 4279584 Stuart
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Everyone outside the US should boycot traveling to the US or buying anything from the US.  It's a fascist State.   To Judge Pauley, FUCK YOU!  Any society that throws civil liberties under the bus in the name of security, soon finds itself thrown the bus, from within.   Hitler used much the same reasoning.  

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:37 | 4279649 BoNeSxxx
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I just read the opinion... didn't get much past the 1st sentence.

9/11 blah, blah, blah.  How many times are they going to trot out that old and tired excuse to confiscate more liberty?

Wait, never mind.  I am afraid the answer is: 'until they have a fresh example'.  Stay frosty friends and watch your six.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:37 | 4279660 InjectTheVenom
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phone number to the HONORABLE Judge's chambers :  212 805 6387

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:56 | 4279708 1000 splendid suns
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Fuck You, your 'Honor'. 

"nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil"

False. It's you bought-and-paid-for congress critters and judges that imperil civil liberties.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:00 | 4279725 wee-weed up
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Heil Amerika!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:55 | 4279867 FEDbuster
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NSA is doing a little "judge shopping".  Kangaroo courts and crony, corrupt judges.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 20:38 | 4280584 Scarlett
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Just remember how the Nazis ended up, people.  

That's the way going forward.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:56 | 4279874 chumbawamba
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Well, Doucheface tells you right here who your enemy is:

The bulk telephony metadata collection program is subject to executive and congressional oversight, as well as continual monitoring by a dedicated group of judges who serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

This black robed priest of the Synagogue of Satan just committed treason in public view.  Not only that, but he put it down in legal reasoning, subscribed to it with his signature, and then filed it into the public record.  He's laughing at you plebes.  Just laughing.  Because he knows that no one will have the balls to do anything about it, and at any rate, he has judicial immunity.  He'll continue collecting off the cases that come before him in the legal casino that is American "justice", and then retire on all his winnings.

And you all will still be sad, poor American fucks.

I am Chumbawamba.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:03 | 4279898 SafelyGraze
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an excellent ruling by one of our finest judges.

this is why we appointed him.

hugs,
tptb

also, we have bunches of video he didn't want his wife to see 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:43 | 4280202 Decolat
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Currently this is the top story on GoogleNews. MSM didn't give two shits concerning the anti contstitutional ruling of the spy program two weeks ago. Further proof MSM is bought and paid for propaganda, diversion, and distraction. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:56 | 4280233 bruce1337
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"Assassination Politics"...

For those who make peaceful justice impossible will make violent justice inevitable. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:57 | 4280377 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Fuck You, your 'Honor'. 

"nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil"

False. It's you bought-and-paid-for congress critters and judges that imperil civil liberties.

Exactly. The 9/11/01 attacks didn't imperil civil liberties, the government overreaction did. Funny how something as insidiously anti-American as the "PATRIOT" act was already written and ready to go at a moment's notice. It was like they were just waiting for an excuse to implement it. The only work they had to do on it after 9/11/01 was crafting a name for it which would give it a jingoistic acronym.

But hey, it's all for the "homeland", comrade.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 20:10 | 4280517 akak
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Homeland, Homeland, uber alles ....

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:43 | 4280203 analyzer_66
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Didn't the Boston marathon bombing with its international
tie in basically defeat the entire NSA phone phreaking
Program? Those guys in Boston pulled off the attack
And we still had people running around yelling bomb
drill that very day.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:33 | 4279636 Mad Mohel
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Written all over that fucking scums face. They had the dirt on him and told him to play nice.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:57 | 4280048 EscapingProgress
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The guys with the guns make the rules. Laws are just part of the fanciful religion of statism that is fed to the masses. The only protection you can have from the state comes from a bullet-proof vest. Words on paper strung together in incomprehensible sentences can't stop bullets.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:37 | 4280183 Kirk2NCC1701
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pods, I concur.  I know we shouldn't judge a Judge by his Cover, but this guys strikes me as a Closet Perv.  Creepy.

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 17:16 | 4282206 Trucker Glock
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He looks like a person who would vow allegiance to der Fuhrer (TPTB, not Maobama).  He looks weak, but crazed in the eyes, like a lower level Nazi war criminal.  His entire career in the New York courts.  He's not to be trusted.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:26 | 4279600 Crash Overide
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Kangaroo courts, banana republic, police state, etc... when will enough be enough for people in this taken over country we used to call USA?

I don't care what some bought off fucking judge says, they can't do it and it's illegal, their justification does not hold water.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:26 | 4279607 Colonel Klink
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Another of Judge Pauley's decisions seem sympathetic to the cheesepopes

..... the readers of the Guardian may never know that the case of American citizen AmCit James Giffen spelled incorrectly in the cable was dismissed by US District judge William H Pauley III because the bribes he gave to the Kazakh officials were authorized by the CIA the judge publicly lauded the notorious fixer as a Cold War warrior who helped the Jewish cause and stated for the ......

 

Me thinks there is something rotten about Judge William H. Pauley, III in light of this NSA ruling.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:26 | 4280148 Tim_
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U.S. man evades jail time in 'mysterious' case of spying for Israel

"Court documents showed that Ben-Ami Kadish, who was fined $50,000 but spared prison time, reported to the same handler as Jonathan Pollard, an American who spied for Israel in the 1980s and triggered a scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli relations."

"Kadish pleaded guilty in December to acting as an unregistered agent of Israel. He was arrested in April 2008 on four counts of conspiracy and espionage. The spying charge, dropped under a plea deal, had carried a possible death sentence."

"[U.S. District Judge William Pauley] said he gave a lenient sentence due to Kadish's age and infirmity, but said Kadish had committed 'a grave offense' and had 'abused the trust' of the United States."

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:40 | 4280192 Tim_
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NSA 'routinely' shares Americans' data with Israel - Snowden leak

"The NSA regularly shares raw US intelligence data with Israel without even removing information about American citizens, according to the latest revelation published by the Guardian. The report is based on a document leaked by Edward Snowden."

"On Tuesday, September 11, the Guardian published a previously undisclosed document which revealed top-secret policies in place since 2009 that are used to share personal phone and Internet data pertaining to United States citizens with American ally [sic] Israel."

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 17:55 | 4280228 Tim_
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U.S. Jew indicted as possible Israel spy

"New documents presented in federal court in Washington, D.C. reveal deep ties (more than was known) between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Dr. Stewart David Nozette, an American astronomer accused of spying for Israel."

"The FBI searched Nozette's home and computer and found additional proof of his connection to Israel. He visited ["Israel"] several times, but did not report this - as is required by his high security clearance. The FBI confiscated letters he wrote to Israelis, reports he forwarded to the IAI, a map of Israel, photos of assorted places in Israel, a Hebrew-language catalog of archaeological artifacts and other items."

"The operation followed the former astronomer's interrogation on suspicion of tax evasion and defrauding the U.S. government."

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:05 | 4280253 Tim_
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Benjamin Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring

"Counterespionage debriefing reveals how Israel targeted U.S."

"On June 27, 2012, the FBI partially declassified and released seven additional pages [.pdf] from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S."

"The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth — who was convicted of running a U.S. front company — met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. Netanyahu, who currently serves as Israel’s prime minister, recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing 'Project Pinto.'"

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:31 | 4280327 Colonel Klink
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Hahahaha, how aptly named "project pinto".  I'm sure it explodes if you touch the subject.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:19 | 4280293 bruce1337
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Leniency because of infirmity...anyone remember John Demjanjuk?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 23:13 | 4280896 Tim_
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"On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren - Video

Transcript

James Traficant was a member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio.

"I brought that guy back from Israel, John Demjanjuk. It was my Freedom of Information Act which proved not only that he was innocent, but who Ivan really was. The case was so sensitive, members of Congress would say, 'Jim, I love you. But please, don't involve me.'"

"I sent my evidence to the 6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati. They wouldn't accept it. I finally send it over to Israel, to the Israeli Supreme Court, and they called me over there, and I went with the family. I did a live interview satellite with Bryant Gumbel, and I said, 'When they put this innocent man to death, they're going to lose $15 billion to $20 billion every year they get from the American taxpayers.'"

"And Bryant Gumbel says, 'What are you talking about? They only get $3 billion.' And I said, 'Bryant, that's only the foreign aid bill. Look at all of the other trade compacts, economic assistance, military assistance.'"

"I am saying this to you right now -- Israel gets approximately $15 billion a year from the American taxpayers. That $15 billion is $30,000 for every man, woman and child. And people in my district are losing their pension benefits."

"So, I was targeted big-time."

Sat, 12/28/2013 - 17:52 | 4282263 CH1
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$15 billion a year from the American taxpayers. That $15 billion is $30,000 for every man, woman and child.

Trafficant isn't very good at math.

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 00:44 | 4282775 Tim_
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These figures were current as of November 1, 1997. The situation had surely deteriorated by the time of Mr. Traficant's statement in 2009.

U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact

Cost to U.S. Taxpayers of U.S. Aid to Israel

Grand Total
$84,854,827,200

Total Taxpayer Cost per Israeli
$23,240

Twelve years later, the total taxpayer cost per "Israeli" could easily exceed $30,000, so if anything, Mr. Traficant is underestimating the true cost.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:03 | 4279893 Drifter
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"FUCK THEM ALL"

Seems all the "revolution" will amount to is name calling and FUs.

Americans are the most pathetic disgusting cowardly sheep on the planet.  400 million guns and NOTHING will be done to stop America's slide into communism.  

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:31 | 4279406 akarc
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Apparently he has had a camera up his ass, thus the ruling.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:36 | 4279426 MarsInScorpio
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I wonder what dirt they used to blackmail him.

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Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:41 | 4279435 Race Car Driver
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They didn't need to blackmail him. He sucks elite cock for a living and will happily swallow when told.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:50 | 4279493 Pegasus Muse
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William Pauley -- la douche bag de Jure.
Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:29 | 4279614 The Gooch
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Here's his tele#

P.O.S. Traitor.

http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/judge/Pauley

 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:56 | 4279520 AlaricBalth
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What a surprise!!!

In May 2012 Judge Pauley ruled the U.S. government's secret interpretation of sections of the Patriot Act were too "secret" to disclose, and granting a FOIA request by Charlie Savage of the NY Times would damage national security.

http://truth11.com/2012/05/23/patriot-act-documents-to-remain-government-secrets-rules-federal-judge/

Free and open governance is not a principle to which which Judge Pauley adheres.

 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:26 | 4279612 MarsInScorpio
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Can you spell S-T-A-R C-H-A-M-B-E-R?

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Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:32 | 4279628 Colonel Klink
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Yep and they're specifically ILLEGAL under the now thouroughly shredded Constitution.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 23:34 | 4280963 Kobe Beef
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Admiralty Law. Judges may do as they wish. The Constitution doesn't apply because you, the legal person, aren't a party to it.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:45 | 4279680 The Gooch
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GWB's cousin was a judge on a 911 lawsuit too.

 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:28 | 4280312 Dapper Dan
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Charlie and Larry telling us why spying is good.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/oracle-ceo-larry-ellison-nsa-surveillance-is-essential/17uxpifwf

 

I watched this when it aired,  I could not belive that Larry Ellison said (paraphrasing) "we should embrace the spying and that it is in our best interest", If Charlie Rosey had any integrity he would have mentioned that Larry started out doing the following;

Larry Ellison was born out of wedlock to a 19-year-old mother, and raised by her aunt. As a boy he showed an aptitude for math and science, and as a young man he was a computer programmer for Ampex Corporation. His primary project for Ampex was crafting a large-scale database for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The database was code-named "Oracle".

From;

http://www.nndb.com/people/439/000022373/

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:42 | 4279429 Headbanger
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Just great.  It makes all our "private" phone and electronic communications public domain essentially as if we were talking in a publc place.

And I guess the only thing that could make the NSA data gathering legal under the Fourth Amendment, is that they're not targeting specific

individuals by scanning everybody for suspicious communications. And the NSA must get a judge to issue a warrant to monitor a specific individual's

communication.   Maybe that's how they can get away with it but I'm no Constitutional Law specialist either.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:54 | 4279501 Skateboarder
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Boycott digital communications. Or are all'y'all too... chicken?

bawk bwak bwaaak bwabwaaak bwwwak

(don't take the comment too seriously - it's just an offering of a different perspective...)

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:13 | 4279571 akarc
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Up with snail mail.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:21 | 4279586 RealityCheque
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Up with carrier pigeons!

And down with mini-skirts!!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:30 | 4279633 Rory_Breaker
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Pushing up skirts works too

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:27 | 4279605 sleigher
Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:51 | 4279857 post turtle saver
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+1 sleigher, nicely done

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:29 | 4279375 tarsubil
Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:36 | 4279391 BoNeSxxx
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But he sure isn't a G Man... He doesn't work for the people... even via the gubbmint...

He works for the Invisible Hand.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:43 | 4279446 piceridu
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 Add another name to the guillotine A-list... Who's in charge of that list, anyway?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:08 | 4279503 Kirk2NCC1701
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William Wallace.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdXOfcvExg

We are all William Wallace.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:38 | 4279412 BoNeSxxx
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Dupe.

But, heck, as long as I am taking up valuable space here on the Hedge,... Happy New Year Bitchez.

It's been a crazy year but I am still sane - partially due to the sharp witted and pointed exchanges we have here in the comments section... if not for that, I am sure I would be drooling on myself in a rest home somewhere.

Thanks for keeping it real boys and girls.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:43 | 4279443 Race Car Driver
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> It's been a crazy year but I am still sane ...

You're doing it wrong.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:30 | 4279384 Beam Me Up Scotty
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USA.....USA......USA.....

 

 

/sarc

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:28 | 4279611 InjectTheVenom
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Exceptionalism !!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:48 | 4279483 TheFourthStooge-ing
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That "judge" looks like a Grade-A, satan-worshipping, child-molesting, baby-eating douchebag.

Based on that picture, there is definitely something fucked up about him. His face is displaying an incongruity of expressions. The eyes express stark fear while the mouth displays an evil smirk.

Perhaps it's just a side effect of the effort required to keep the gills in his neck hidden.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:31 | 4279624 Crash Overide
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Product of his environment, evil and fraud all around him...?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:59 | 4279522 Kaiser Sousa
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to what address to we send the death threats.........

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:12 | 4279561 Colonel Klink
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FBI.gov, because that's where they'll end up anyways.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:46 | 4279679 GeezerGeek
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No need to have an address. They already have all the information about you and your interest in death threats that they need. Expect a knock on the door later this afternoon. 

(As if they need an excuse. See, you've violated one of those secrect laws that they won't tell you about. Just so you [don't] know.)

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:39 | 4279991 Kaiser Sousa
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"Expect a knock on the door later this afternoon."

cool...i'll let mr. Benelli answer.....

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:15 | 4279770 Wahooo
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Glenn Greenwalt speaking on the NSA right now. "The goal of the NSA ... is to eliminate privacy globally." And he rips the U.S. and British media for their collaboration with today's surveillance states.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:59 | 4279875 Overfed
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He looks like one of the aliens from "They Live".

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:24 | 4279357 akarc
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I would venture another revolution? Nah, not in a nation of fucking pussies!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:19 | 4279340 outamyeffinway
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So much freedom pouring out of the US. Next up is the gold standard to enrich gold bugs and free them from financial opression. Or not.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:26 | 4279353 Harlequin001
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You're a banker aren't you...

Let me guess, you think I should buy someone else's liability and retire on it. Tosser.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:29 | 4279373 fooshorter
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9/11 Commission? you mean this one?

http://www.911truth.org/the-911-commission-report-a-571-page-lie/

The 571 page lie?

What do the experts say?

http://www.ae911truth.org/

ouch.

 

Just remeber everytime you hear some one or  some patsy judge reference 9/11 just remember who really did it. 

 

 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:29 | 4279393 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Is there a hidden constitutional amendment that says that the constitution doesn't apply if we get attacked by terrorists?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:30 | 4279401 akarc
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"Is there a hidden constitutional amendment that says that the constitution doesn't apply if we get attacked by terrorists?"

What constitution?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:42 | 4279455 AreaMan
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Continuity of Government... some say were still following those protocalls since 9/11, where constitution doesnt apply.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:07 | 4279549 Big Corked Boots
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The usa is still under a state of emergency. Just sayin'...,

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:11 | 4279566 Colonel Klink
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Yep in order to keep the elites in power.  History proves it doesn't end well for all.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 23:58 | 4281005 Kobe Beef
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since Lincoln.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:49 | 4279695 Crash Overide
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Some say the courts are operating under Admiralty law and the constitution was subverted through Uniform Commercial Code.

I have done a little research and find it all very interesting especially UCC 1-308 formally UCC1-207 in regards to contracts with states and federal codes and laws.

Who really knows though, everything is so messed up right now...

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:31 | 4279394 akarc
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WTC 7. Therein lies the truth!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:34 | 4279419 machineh
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If kerosene burns hot enough to melt steel, why can't it provide us with unlimited free energy?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:28 | 4279386 Cloud9.5
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Wonder what they have on him?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:36 | 4279423 machineh
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Maybe he wears a penis pump under his black robe?

Oops, different judge!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:58 | 4279517 midtowng
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What an asshole.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:00 | 4279524 Canadian Dirtlump
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That pic likely properly captures the fear  Mr. Leon has at the prospect of ruling against the guys who run the world. Toe the line, or face the prospect of something between being outed as a pedophile, to having a shotgun enema.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:12 | 4279560 Jumbotron
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Welcome to Prison Planet

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:22 | 4279588 holgerdanske
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Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

You see, democracy was never ment for you!

 

Will anyone be surprised when we revolt?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:57 | 4279711 Jumbotron
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I will......because we won't.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:58 | 4279868 sgt_doom
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Recommendation 31

 From the special report on NSA surveillance to the president:

Recommendation 31:

(1) Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry;

(2) Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems;

During the Bush administration, there were several national demonstrations concerning immigration --- each one knocking the news item of the day completely off the national news, and each time that news item was: warrantless wiretapping! By warrantless wiretapping, they referred to the eavesdropping on emails, wire transfers, all forms of data transmission, computer systems, etc.

Both of these marches were organized by Spanish-language radio stations. The next obvious question is: who owned those Spanish-language radio stations?

At that time they were owned by the largest private equity/leveraged buyout firm around, the Blackstone Group. Founded by David Rockefeller's protégé, Peter G. Peterson, with seed money from Rockefeller, along with co-founder Stephen Schwarzman, a Yalie Skull & Bones member, chosen for that fraternity by a group of upperclass men including one George W. Bush.

Curious that the senator who ardently pushed for legal immunity for AT&T and the other telecoms from warrantless wiretapping was none other than Sen. Jay Rockefeller!

Today, the Blackstone Group is the single largest landlord in America, owning some 41,000 rental homes. Their latest financial scam is to issue a rental home-based security.

 Amazing, given that revenue streams --- from those rental homes --- to pay investors will be diverted from normal expenses: upkeep and normal home maintenance, property taxes, homeowner's insurance, etc., etc., etc. (And that's assuming all the rental homes are fully paid for --- no monies going towards paying off the mortgage lenders and/or banks.)

Just does not compute! ! ! !

The Blackstone Group enjoys a nefarious past: buying and shutting down oil refineries to drive up the price of oil; speculating on oil and energy futures during the 2007 - 2008 period (when the paper price of oil rose to 13.8 times higher than its actual physical price), broker on the World Trade Center deal prior to the 9/11 attacks, and mortgage holder of record of WTC Building 7, and after the 9/11 attacks, overseer of the $1 billion captive insurance fund awarded to Blackstone from the US government, ostensibly to help out the families of the victims of 9/11; leveraged buyouts across the US healthcare sector, driving up the price of healthcare from 2000 - 20008, and, taking Blackstone Group public, as in on the New York Stock Exchange, while somehow still ONLY paying capital gains rate on taxes, when legally they should be paying the higher corporate tax rate!

Recommendation 31 begs the question: on whose behalf was NSA manipulating financial systems and accounts?

Was it Monsanto?

The Blackstone Group?

JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley?

GE and AT&T?

Or all of the above?

Recently, the news reported that the Obama Administration is suppressing a $40 million report on illegal CIA torture --- been suppressed for about a year now. John Kiriakou was charged with treason and is now in jail for leaking information that implicated the CIA in illegal torture --- most notably torture of innocents, as the CIA would pay Afghanistani warlords per Taliban they handed over to them, and said unscrupulous warlords would round up innocent villagers (perhaps they liked the looks of their wives, daughters, etc.) and sell them to the equally unscrupulous CIA.

There were multiple reasons the CIA did this: they could point to their capturing the enemy, plus it afforded them a large and unaccountable revenue stream --- for each payment made for an innocent villager, a so-called Taliban, who knows how much money the CIA agents would pocket and keep? Just as the salaries offered for torture specialists ("professional interrogators") were quite handsome --- $163,000 starting salary, as abstracted from help wanted ads.

Would that $40 million report on the CIA's illegal torture validate Mr. Kiriakou's actions while invalidating his harsh jail sentence? Most probably --- which is why Barack Obama is suppressing this report! Wonder who received that $40 million for that suppressed report?

There are simply too many jackholes in the CIA, NSA, DIA and Pentagon who are embezzling and stealing gobs and gobs of taxpayer monies.

The Special Inspector General's Iraqi Reconstruction Report (SIGIR report), clearly indicated the large number of officers, senior noncoms, various contractors involved in such thievery at the volunteer military level --- and the numbers would only increase should a real forensic audit ever be undertaken of the CIA, NSA and DIA!

Hope and change? Transparency in government or greater and endless corruption from our latest presidential administration?

Sources:

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/929267/review-group-exec-summary-and-recs.pdf

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2013-12-12_rg_final_report.pdf

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/pentagon/#article/part3

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/26/the-nsa-paid-to-steal-your-private-data/

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:18 | 4279329 autofixer
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I feel safer.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:26 | 4279365 max2205
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He has a chip in him...no life in his eyes....

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:25 | 4279372 Harlequin001
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Looks like 'the Dictator", when he discovers masturbation... except this wanker isn't funny...

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:37 | 4279431 machineh
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... and he needs a magnifying glass to identify his tiny member ...

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 18:36 | 4280333 DosZap
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New York Judge Finds

 

 

And is anyone here SURPISED?.

 

 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:18 | 4279333 tarsubil
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My guess is that the judge has had sex with animals. Happy New Year!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279364 tarsubil
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All this blather and nonsense about his "decision." Give me a break. Any retard could see it is a gross violation of the 4th Amendment.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:45 | 4279457 Meat Hammer
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My pocket constitution tells me everything I need to know. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:11 | 4279569 RichardENixon
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You do realize that you're carrying around contraband?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:46 | 4279459 Meat Hammer
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Dupe

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:48 | 4279464 Meat Hammer
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Never go full retard

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:38 | 4279986 the0ther
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Word is he loves the taste of dog semen.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:21 | 4279335 Smegley Wanxalot
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In other words, the NSA let this jackass judge know what they have on him, and he ruled accordingly.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:23 | 4279484 Emergency Ward
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What's worse is if the NSA had nothing on him.  Maybe he's just a jackass Nazi judge.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:30 | 4279631 SgtShaftoe
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Exactly.  Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI agent alleges that every federal judge that is appointed has major problems in their background.  And that all the Fed Judges that have squeaky clean background checks done by the FBI are never allowed to be appointed a judgeship. 

 

The Judiciary has been held hostage. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:43 | 4280001 Emergency Ward
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I wonder how Judge Richard Leon slipped through, but I guess his career is stuck in its tracks.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:22 | 4279339 Osmium
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He looks like a lying weasel.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:22 | 4279418 JustObserving
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He is a lying weasel and a traitor to boot.

That's what you get when you let the NSA spy on Judges, Congress and the White House - a fascist police state that makes the Orwellian surveillance state look like a fairytale.  Keep on singing "Land of the free, home of the brave." Because that's the closest you will ever come to it.  

Orwell's 1984 a fairytale compared to reality - Snowden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91N_KhL9670

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:20 | 4279590 emersonreturn
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he looks like a brit comedian impersonating a judge.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:25 | 4279342 Yen Cross
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   The NSA must have some really good shit on ole Pauley Boy. Or is that girl?

  Throw some antlers on the guy... He'd be a spittin image of the deer in the headlights.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:20 | 4279345 akarc
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Nothing more to say. I'm speechless. And Apparently that is what America prefers. A people who will not speak for fear of whose listening. The final death knell. FUCK EVERYTHING!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:22 | 4279346 AgShaman
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NSA = Function Creep

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279348 LeisureSmith
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If New York City District Judge William Pauley fondles children, the NSA would know.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:43 | 4279447 machineh
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We are all his children now.

Wish this creepy guy in the billowy black dress would take his pervy mitt out of my pants.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:21 | 4279349 superflex
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Sleep well Judge.

You'll be one of the first hanging from a lamp pole once TSHTF.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:24 | 4279368 akarc
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You'll be one of the first hanging from a lamp pole once TSHTF.

Any idea when that may occur?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:47 | 4279471 Skateboarder
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Unless oil runs out next year, probably five to fifteen years away from now. They will go to such extreme lengths to pull shit out of their ass to keep the beast alive that it will baffle even the best of bullshiters to have existed thus far.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:08 | 4279753 superflex
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Probably after the bond market implodes

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:21 | 4279350 firstdivision
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Wait, so a Federal judge rules in favor of a government program and not the constitiution?  What is the shocking part about the ruling again?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:51 | 4279486 MachoMan
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If this is real, then it's amateur hour on the court's part...  The nuthuggery of the NSA in the order does not remotely give the appearance of an unbiased arbiter.  The legal conclusions made and cited also appear suspect.  While there may be enough plausible deniability contained in the order to fend off any serious accusation, it still does not give off a neutral appearance.  I suspect that judges further away from ground zero will be a bit more...  objective on the issue...  and have a bit less koolaid in the system (as did the judge a few weeks back).

Most of these guys are just appointed dart throwers...  if they were ever in private practice for any length of time (and did a significant amount of trial work or appellate work), then they'll typically know their shit and be worth a damn...  if they're just a political appointee, then they're monkeys with a typewriter.  One of our local attorneys got appointed in the last few years and definitely deserved it...  sat on the state appellate court for a while (and made plenty of good decisions on the bench) and is arguably the best brief writer in the state...  definitely a student of the law and works hard at it.  Fortunately or unfortunately, all judges are not created equal.

Many judges lack the quintessential trait of a judge, the ability to hold one's nose and make a ruling that follows the law, especially when there is competition between a law and a natural/constitutional right (in which case the latter trumps the former).

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:24 | 4279354 Diamond Jim
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New York politics are so screwed up and progressive, no surprise a local judge had a finding like he did. Just add NY local judiciary to the list of wacko districts like #9 (San Fran) and DC.....

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279363 akarc
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So you find a facist ruling progressive?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:27 | 4279383 Diamond Jim
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not neccessarily, but progressives come off as facists many times, if you do not agree with them they will turn on you as well as call you racist, radical or a dinosaur......

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:41 | 4279448 Tsar Pointless
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See, that's just plain not true. There are people who are racists, and they prove it all of the time. It isn't "fascist" to refer to those people as "racists".

There are people who live as though the Tyrannosaurus Rex still roams the planet, and we rightly refer to them as "dinosaurs", and that's not fascist to do, either.

Radical, now that one I can understand, because a lot of people still believe in personal freedom and sound monetary policies are "radical" thoughts. So, too, any fascist law put into place since 9/11.

Watch what you say, they'll be calling you a radical. A liberal. Oh, fanatical, criminal.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:29 | 4279626 Diamond Jim
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I understand where you are coming from. But true facism is about the state or the nation first.. I get this. My point which i believe you do understand is that progressives have a tendency to only see things one way and if you do not agree they will trash you calling you the names I mention above. As for the ruling or opinion, it runs opposite to what this country is founded on, in particular violating the 4th amendment.

Lastly, appreciate the reference to "SuperTramp".

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 15:03 | 4279732 MeelionDollerBogus
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no, it's not.

What is Fascism - John T Flynn - Von Mises - youtube
http://youtu.be/4Ml7-aDXrgQ

It's the merger of government & corporation.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:56 | 4280056 Emergency Ward
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Ok, but people who consider themselves good progressives reelect people like Diane Feinstein because they agree with what she says and does.  It is not "fascist" on my part to call her a "fascist police-state swine".

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:31 | 4279389 Tsar Pointless
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I know, right? People who don't understand the politcal spectrum and/or political thought and theory should be barred from making political statements.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:31 | 4279976 the0ther
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Eh progressives are mainly just as power hungry and open to corruption as the next guy. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:25 | 4279358 Payne
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There is no evidence to indicate the Government is organized or intelligent enough to act on any intelligence other than what Wall Street Bankers tell them to act on.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:22 | 4279359 Tsar Pointless
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Relax. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear, right?

Oh, and 9/11, bitchez!

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:45 | 4280008 akak
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For national security and the children!

I love the security that the TSA gives us!

Obamacare will provide affordable medical care to everyone in the USA!

Government always knows what is best.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:23 | 4279360 dick cheneys ghost
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Are they still sharing this data with the crooks in israel???

NSA prolly has an office on rothschilds blvd in Tel Aviv

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:30 | 4279397 WTFx10
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"To learn who rules over you just find out who you are not allowed to criticize."
VOLTARE

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:56 | 4279509 JustObserving
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That's the first thing that Obama did in his Presidency - hand over all NSA data to Israel starting in March 2009:

The undated five-page memo records an agreement reached between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart, the ISNU (Israeli Sigint National Unit), in March 2009, during the first months of the Obama administration.

The most extraordinary passage in the memo requires that the Israeli spooks “destroy upon recognition” any communication provided by the NSA “that is either to or from an official of the US government.” It goes on to spell out that this includes “officials of the Executive Branch (including the White House, Cabinet Departments, and independent agencies); the US House of Representatives and Senate (members and staff); and the US Federal Court System (including, but not limited to, the Supreme Court).”

The stunning implication of this passage is that NSA spying targets not only ordinary American citizens, but also Supreme Court justices, members of Congress and the White House itself. One could hardly ask for a more naked exposure of a police state.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/13/surv-s13.html

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:33 | 4279563 akarc
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The building of the Police state has been going on for years. People have been warning about it and subjected to ridicule for years. People have bitched about it for years.  It comes to pass and people go, oh such a travesty, oh well target has a 10 percent of sale going on to apologize for the credit card hack. Lets run down and charge some more shit. 

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:27 | 4279369 BadDog
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Please take his picture down.  It hurts to look at it.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:42 | 4279381 akarc
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You can almost hear him saying, "ouch."

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:07 | 4279540 Conax
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He looks like he hasn't taken a dump since college.

What a face!  Is that a smile?

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:52 | 4279702 Colonel Klink
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What hurts worse is the buttfucking the Constitution has been taking at the hands of the very government it's meant to keep in check.

Government - 1

We the people - 0

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:25 | 4279370 wisehiney
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I hope to get to new york to see the eiffel tower someday.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:32 | 4279376 ebworthen
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Judge Pauley:

"The bulk telephony metadata collection program is subject to executive and congressional oversight, as well as continual monitoring by a dedicated group of judges who serve on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

I'd bet sending Jews to the ovens was "subject to executive oversight" and "continual monitoring" too.

I suppose he would use the same euphamisms in the drone bombing of Women & Children in Yemen and elsewhere.

This man is precisely the color of traitor to The Constitution and the spirit of Liberty who needs to be executed for high treason.

Clapper of course, but add Judge Pauley to the list.

What an abject fool of a man.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:39 | 4279439 sdmjake
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+1 for voicing my sentiments exactly.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:46 | 4279467 kchrisc
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Yup. Add one to the guillotine list.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 13:46 | 4279468 machineh
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What an abject fool of a man.

Man? Probably you meant 'bottom.'

It's so sexy when he hikes up his robe and bends over.

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:46 | 4279683 kayl
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They say history isn't the same, but always rhymes. I'm just going through Mary Wollstonecraft's An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution and the Effect it has produced in Europe. 1795 Fascinating reading!

The French government called out foreign troops to smash revolution in the capital weeks ahead of the event on the Bastille, while the King stood out in front and mouthed his wish to be of service to the people. The troops had superior fire power with their guns, while the peasants had all manner of showels, knives, and pitch forks.

Mary points out convincingly that the judiciary had no choice since it was entirely complicit in the corruption. Looks like we are right on schedule.

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