Ruppersberger praises ruling that allows NSA bulk data collection


Here’s what the New York Times said about the ruling:

A federal judge on Friday ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects enormous troves of phone records is legal, making the latest contribution to an extraordinary debate among courts and a presidential review group about how to balance security and privacy in the era of big data.


Judge Pauley disagreed. “The collection of breathtaking amounts of information unprotected by the Fourth Amendment does not transform that sweep into a Fourth Amendment search,” he wrote.

He acknowledged that “five justices appeared to be grappling with how the Fourth Amendment applies to technological advances” in a pair of 2012 concurrences in United States v. Jones. In that decision, the court unanimously rejected the use of a GPS device to track the movements of a drug suspect over a month. The majority said that attaching the device violated the defendant’s property rights.

Here’s what Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger told WBAL Radio:

Maryland 2nd District Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, says Friday’s decision is “not a victory for the NSA.”

However, he believes that the decision protects an important tool used by the NSA to fight terrorism.

Ruppersberger told Maryland’s News Now on Friday that the NSA only collects phone numbers and the duration of an individual call, and not the names and addresses of the callers. He says this practice has prevented future terrorist attacks.

In the complete audio of the WBAL interview, Ruppersberger refers to the NSA as “we.”

Jeff Quinton

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