18 December 2013

Snowden revelations led to Judge ruling against NSA

"a secret and illegal government scheme to intercept and analyze vast quantities of domestic telephonic communications" -- claim made in Klayman vs Obama case  (see also pdf of decision)

Edward Snowden himself praised the decision.“I acted on my belief that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts. Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights. It is the first of many.”" source: POLITICO.com

Stunning revelations from man who sued NSA: "... Klayman brought the case on behalf of Charles Strange, the father of Michael Strange, a cryptologist technician for the NSA and support personnel for Navy SEAL Team VI. Michael Strange was killed in Afghanistan when his helicopter was shot down in 2011. The case asserted that Charles Strange is a subscriber of Verizon Wireless, and as such was bringing suit against NSA and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several officia ls in the U.S. government, including President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. . . ." (read more at the link above)

Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO.com: " . . . The judge went on to conclude that the searches involved in the NSA metadata program were likely not permissible under the Fourth Amendment in part because there was little evidence the program has actually prevented terrorism. . . . "

‘World’s cheapest tablet’ lands in the UK for just £30 | Technology | theguardian.com: "...The UbiSlate features a low-resolution 7in touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage with a microSD card slot, and runs a modified version of Android 4.0.3 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. It comes bundled with a series of apps for education, entertainment, gaming and productivity, aiming to bring computer and internet access to everyone...."

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