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Advocacy group EPIC’s unusual request for the Supreme Court to rule on a controversial program to collect phone records was turned aside.

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The Supreme Court on Monday announced it would not hear an unusual legal challenge related to the NSA’s ongoing collection of phone records under a controversial program disclosed this summer by leaker Edward Snowden.

The case was brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which argued that America’s secret spy court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, exceeded its authority when it granted the NSA permission to force Verizon to disclose all of its data records “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”

The Supreme Court did not include reasons for rejecting the petition, but the refusal is likely rooted in EPIC’s unusual legal tactic of attempting to hop-scotch directly to the high court rather than proceed up the ladder through the federal court system. EPIC had argued the case was of such pressing importance that it called for the Supreme Court to step in immediately.

There are other legal challenges ongoing in lower courts in which citizens are challenging the controversial surveillance practices disclosed by Snowden; these include sweeping up meta-data from phone and internet companies so that intelligence agencies can look for suspicious patterns.

Meanwhile, big technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, continue to fight the government in the secret FISA spy court for the right to disclose more data about the surveillance requests they receive.

  1. they have so much information and so few people capable of analyzing it all, it seems like a complete waste of time, they’ll be able to trawl the records after an event, so much for the wisdom of the NSA

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  2. All this should be viewed in a larger context to prevent what is already on the horizon. Indiscriminate monitoring everywhere did not happen with Obama but with George W. Bush, the author of 9/11. The NSA intercepting everyone (even the Pope) was never meant to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. Those few who still believe in the story of Osama Bin Laden will find difficult to realize it but what is been revealed is only part of what is already in store for the next big surprise. Since George H. Bush was CIA director, the US secret State agencies had played a double role to finally get to where we are today when every person is constantly monitored by NSA and other agencies not to report information to the US Government but to feed with all data the embryo of a new superpower. A group of Zionists, like a hidden parallel government, with George Bush still today at the head of secret services in the US, UK and Israel, is the destabilizing force behind most terror events and with classified information at disposal and a private army is plotting what now would seem unthinkable to many. The spokesman for this group in the US Congress is John Mc Cain who reports the given orders weighing on the US administration. The aimed targets for this group are a War of Religion and chaos everywhere so that desperate people will soon invoke a New World Order without even knowing what that is.

    There is only one Solution to this planned chain of events.

    http://www.wavevolution.org

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  3. Sorry Mr. Greco, your conspiracy theory would take toooo many Zionists to fulfill and there aren’t that many in Israel let alone the USA. I would like to buy you a tall cup if coffee and explain how important it is to STOP this indiscriminate monitoring by all these US and Allied secret agencies (CIA, NSA, FBI, Mi6, Mi5, GCHQ, and all ither Five Eyes agencies). All people, even those who fear a global conspiracy, should contact their congressman or senator or parliamentarian, not only because these monitoring activities are undemocratic, but for an even more scarrier reason: Why would anyone continue to put any private communications or private information on the web or in emails if companies like Google, Yahoo, Apple, ATT, Verizon, Microsoft, and others are giving all this data to their respective governments ? I recently read that Germany is contemplating creating its own “German Internet” that would not allow web traffic to go outside of Germany and would guaratee a layer of privacy. The US has to wake up to the commercial damage that its monitoring policies will do to its future business activities. And a last point: not 1 terrorist activity was thwarted ahead of time or during its implementation. Only good old fashioned detective work stopped those two dellusional Boston Bombers from carrying out any further bloodshed in NYC.

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