Obama Goes Full Stalin: Tells Secret Court To Ignore Law He Signed 4 Hours Earlier, Extend Illegal NSA Surveillance

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when we thought the absurdity that marks every single day of Obama's reign could not possibly be surpassed, we learned that 4 hours (3 hours and 47 minutes to be precise) after the US president vowed to sign a new law banning bulk data collection by the NSA (named, for purely grotesque reasons, the "USA Freedom Act"), the Obama administration asked the secret Fisa surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

Or, as the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman, who spotted this glaring page out of Josef Stalin's playbook, summarized it:

According to Ackerman, this latest travesty by the administration "suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop."

Or, in other words, the administration "may" give orders that openly flaunt US laws. From the Guardian:

US officials confirmed last week that they would ask the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court – better known as the Fisa court, a panel that meets in secret as a step in the surveillance process and thus far has only ever had the government argue before it – to turn the domestic bulk collection spigot back on.


This is a problem because Justice Department national security chief John A Carlin cited a six-month transition period provided in the USA Freedom Act – passed by the Senate last week to ban the bulk collection – as a reason to permit an “orderly transition” of the NSA’s domestic dragnet. However, Carlin "did not address whether the transition clause of the Freedom Act still applies now that a congressional deadlock meant the program shut down on 31 May."

So after the second circuit court of appeals already ruled NSA surveillance illegal, and after Congress officially shut down NSA's bulk data collection in its current form, Obama's DOJ decided to singlehandedly order that NSA spying on Americans be extended for at least another 6 months.

Follow the details of how the US Department of "Justice" crushes every semblance thereof:

Carlin asked the Fisa court to set aside a landmark declaration by the second circuit court of appeals. Decided on 7 May, the appeals court ruled that the government had erroneously interpreted the Patriot Act’s authorization of data collection as “relevant” to an ongoing investigation to permit bulk collection.


Carlin, in his filing, wrote that the Patriot Act provision remained “in effect” during the transition period.


“This court may certainly consider ACLU v Clapper as part of its evaluation of the government’s application, but second circuit rulings do not constitute controlling precedent for this court,” Carlin wrote in the 2 June application. Instead, the government asked the court to rely on its own body of once-secret precedent stretching back to 2006, which Carlin called “the better interpretation of the statute”.

The punchline:

The second circuit court of appeals is supposed to bind only the circuit’s lower courts. But the unique nature of the Fisa court – whose rulings practically never became public before whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations – has left ambiguous which public court precedents it is obliged to follow.

Said otherwise, the NSA's espionage activity is above the law, any law.

Amusingly, some still harbor hope that "justice" is still a viable concept in the United States, such as the FreedomWorks conservative group, which is asking the Fisa court to essentially disband itself:

On Friday, the conservative group FreedomWorks filed a rare motion before the Fisa court, asking it to reject the government’s surveillance request as a violation of the fourth amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. Fisa court judge Michael Moseman gave the justice department until this coming Friday to respond – and explicitly barred the government from arguing that FreedomWorks lacks the standing to petition the secret court.

Which, incidentally, is like asking Wall Street to police itself. A quick reminder of what happened there: after gross market manipulation was taking place for years involving trillions of interest-rate products, the person who witnessed it every single day called it, don't laugh, a "conspiracy theory."

Incidentally, "conspiracy theorists" is precisely what all those who accused the NSA of engaging in mass illegal surveillance even before the Snowden revelations, were branded as. And, we are confident, before all is said and done, the "conspiracy theorists" who dare speak the truth against the surreal Orwellian state that the US finds itself in, will be crushed by the administration, both the current and the one that will replace it, whose every day modus operandi is taken straight out of the Stalin memoirs.

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Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

A secret court huh...didn't the Nazi's ahve one of those too???

CuttingEdge's picture

As cunts go, Obama takes some beating.

Hopefully with a baseball bat sometime soon.

kliguy38's picture

I know I feel much safer now......

TeamDepends's picture

Because the Brownshirts are all around you, everywhere.

TeamDepends's picture

They don't want to work, they want YOU to work.

Billy the Poet's picture

"Which, incidentally, is like asking Wall Street to police itself."


But Wall Street does police itself and bar all competition through the laws and regulations promulgated by government.  But somehow folks think that more government regulation will stop what is created by government regulation.

max2205's picture

Stalin spelled backwards    Nilats 

Billy the Poet's picture




Why'd you say Burma?

I panicked.

green sheen's picture

Always keep in mind who Obama is working for... Who everybody is working for


THE 4th Quadrant's picture

It must have been the pool party that set Obama off. White people now being punished.

Billy the Poet's picture

Officer Faceplant resigned. The Chief called his actions "indefensible" although I saw a lot of folks trying to do just that.

NoDebt's picture

I'm thinking it's almost time.  Watering time.

Manthong's picture

In my administration, WJC, GWB and BHO would all be arrested and then tried for treason and a whole bunch of other infractions.


nmewn's picture

In my administration there would be no arrests or trials for the crimes being committed now.

It might not wind up being the longest on record, with volumes of new laws being put on the books to build precedent on or to ooo & aaahhh over...but it would certainly be useful & productive ;-)

MonetaryApostate's picture

MOAR LAWS!!!  Yeah, that'll fix everything....

MOAR TAXES!!! Yeah, that's what we need, more slave burdens, that'll fix them slaves...

MOAR POLICE BRUTALITY!!!! Yeah, that'll scare those criminals straight....

MOAR SURVEILLANCE!!! Yeah, that'll help us put more people in prison...

/end sarcasm


I don't see what difference it makes, we already know they are going to implement digital implants, BANK ON IT.  Therefore, they will be able to monitor everyone's activity & identity, like a real Nazi State... (Bend over America)

nmewn's picture

I know this is going to seem weird to some...BUT...my son is now sixteen, in 1998 I made sure he didn't have anything, privately.

Thats how much I trusted them a decade and a half ago. As far as DNA collection at birth in any hospital now, I wouldn't be at all surprised.

The placenta is just for "scientific research"...for the good of all and anonymity is "guaranteed by law" in a police state isn't it...right? ;-)

philipat's picture

Do you REALLY think it makes any difference either way? What do you think the NSA is doing with all that storage capacity in Utah? Whether they record all converstaions and internet activity DIRECTLY or get it via GCHQ to circumvent both National laws, doesn't really make much difference. Meanwhile they hate us for our freedoms........................

Richard Chesler's picture

Can't wait for the day when his jew masters come after his corrupt black ass.

Miserable POS!


Manthong's picture

arrest, convict, execute.. not necessarily in that order

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Has anyone read the law? The 6 month sunset is part of the LAW itself.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

NSA and FBI arent national security oriented, they are blackmail and industrial espinage machines. If they were focused on national security they would have stopped 9-11, Boston Bombing and Waco shooters.

pretty bird's picture

Obama care doesn't go far enough.  What we need is single-payer.  Healthcare should be free.  I need Uncle Sam to fix my teeth.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Trux, it matters hardly at all. The hyperventilating over the LAW when most (even here, except the LAWyers) really what is going on the Criminal Justice System, including the courts, the three letter agencies, the LEO's.....all of it.

How can they get away with so many false convictions? So many! 

It's a CRIMINAL just us system and they can and will do what they want, when they want it. 

Ka Boo Ki!

New Guitar...



TruxtonSpangler's picture

The only LEO is the Sheriff and their deputies. Highway patrol, state troopers and police are code enforcers. Just ask them, they know.

Ying-Yang's picture

All Part of the Plan!

TPTB are now operating the biggest damn BIG DATA center in Utah and elsewhere underground.

Do any of the Brother here on ZH believe the TPTB will allow any data collection to go DARK? Chart the progression of Big Data from cradle to today. I and others have been writing about this years ago.

We have been living in the Matrix for a long long time. With Big Data we will evolve to Minority Report phase where predictive technologies will prevail. "I know you WILL be guilty Tuesday, so I protecting the plebs now.

What follows is the Terminator phase where the TPTB reduce population by remote control (drones anyone?). Droning death is so yesterday.

I think we need more movies.... heh. (old farts, can you say Logan's Run?)

Manthong's picture

Utah can kill it simply by turning off the water (2 million gallons /day).

Ying-Yang's picture

Maybe so but I'd doubt it without real state legislation...



MonetaryApostate's picture

At that kind of water consumption, I'd be willing to wager they are going to cause another drought...

(Just like Neslte, fracking, & silicon valley did in Cali...)

MontgomeryScott's picture


I have some boxes of things that are heavy to carry.

I keep them to defend OTHER boxes of things.

My youngest is 24, and now an idiot. My second youngest is 26, and works for the ENEMY (DHS). FUCK, I have FIVE TOTAL (ALL complete morons). The ELDEST is now 34. In 1999, I was fighting to try to keep the kids as a 'male parent' (you KNOW what the courts decided; fucking NWO-supporting cocksuckers that they are). The bitch that whelped them is hooked on SSRI's (in case you were wondering). She was a 'reformed' dope-smoker when I met, fell in love, and fucking married her; but she returned, lika a DOG, to her own VOMIT. She blamed the CHILDREN (NOT ME) for her 'depression' (I still have her diary).

Your son might be luckier that he understands.


Billy the Poet's picture

As far as DNA collection at birth in any hospital now, I wouldn't be at all surprised.


See the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2008. DNA is collected from every baby born in US hospitals.

MontgomeryScott's picture

I had a short-run of shooting targets printed up (just like the DHS did, a while back). It features a Mullato man with a pen, a Star Wars character (a Wookie), and a former politician who scammed the banking system and paid off underage girls who claim that he raped them (I call this one 'Hennis Dastert'). It also features a bespectaled nerd with a nerd-pack, and a couple of wrinkled old guys who are supposedly the 'leaders of the free world'.

The HARD parts of my simulated tagets appear to be the local 'stormtroopers', which are in front of them. The TRUE ZOMBIES of the APOCALYPSE, they have class-IV body armor on, and are weaving in and out with MRAP's and using LRAD's and night-vision and calling in airstrikes.

If not NOW, WHEN?


Nice try, though. WELCOME to the occupied (former) US. WELCOME to (my) the NIGHTMARE.

Did you ever hear of an 'artist' named 'Alice Cooper'? NAW. Here's Dane Wiggington...


The TREE OF LIBERTY was given it's ULTIMATE POISON in 1913.



bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

Tyranny collapses from its own stupidity.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

bbq: if Rome was any example of "Tyranny collapses from its own stupidity." it can take awhile, a few centuries in that example in Rome's case..don't hold your breath.

Seek_Truth's picture

Yeah, but a perfect storm is imminent.

The same things it took to bring Rome down,

Are at exponential levels in the Western World of today.

Expect the unexpected.

SMG's picture

That's easy the Luciferian Oligarchs are who they are working for.

What the are doing is setting precident for future puppets.

Scientific Dictatorship here we come.

Took Red Pill's picture

Speaking of spying, I just got this email saying my NEST Thermostat was on its way. I thought it was a phishing email. I wrote to the company and they said it was legit. They said “the order was placed on your behalf from your energy provider". I never asked for it and was never informed it was available to me. They are just sending me a FREE thermostat that’s worth $250! You have to ask yourself why would they send me a $250 item I never asked for no charge.  Looking at their site, it’s a little too big brother for me. It learns your routines, knows when you’re home or not, and is connected to the internet. There is no privacy anymore.


UselessEater's picture

ahh the Internet of Things

Try reading Technocracy by Patrick Wood, it will make perfect sense.

He previously co-authored with Anthony Sutton about the Trilateral Commission.


Billy the Poet's picture
CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher



Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”



nmewn's picture

Now you can look Forward! to an email invitation to plug the Progressive Auto Insurance Thingamjig into your car so you can SAVE!!! on your auto insurance by being a responsible, overly cautious, now stuck in traffic and being car-jacked at a traffic light driver.

Always here to help ;-)

MontgomeryScott's picture

But, but, but...

You could SELL IT on E-BAY... with your 'PayPal' account...

You know, a .308 or a .38 or a .45 puts MUCH LARGER entry and exit holes in 'free' items than a .223 or a 22LR.


For deliveries within the CONUS, forward this item to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.. or the address of the new NSA collection facility in Utah (OR, the Microsoft offices in California). As an alternate, look up the address of the facilities in Alexandria, Virginia.

For deliveries to other nations, simply look up 'intelligence facilities', subtitle 'Total Control Paradigm'. Tell them that 'Eric Clapper' sent you, for a full refund of your postage costs. Your local CIA station chief in your nation will expidite your refund, via FEDRES funding.

Thank you for your enquiries regarding our product line, For our full list of offerings, see our page 'American Import-Export Bank', and feel free to explore the POSSIBILITIES!


(Mr. Janet Yellen)

Undutchable73's picture

"If you're not paying for the product, you are the product"

TungstenBars's picture

Should we expect something big to happen in the next 6 months in the Banana Republic?

nmewn's picture



(Bulk collect that assholes)