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Government Says Secret Court Opinion on Law Underlying PRISM Program Needs to Stay Secret




” In a rare public filing in the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), the Justice Department today urged continued secrecy for a 2011 FISC opinion finding government surveillance to be unconstitutional.  Significantly, the activities at issue were carried out under the controversial legal authority that underlies the National Security Agency’s recently-revealed PRISM program.

EFF filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act in August 2012, seeking disclosure of the FISC ruling.  Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall revealed the existence of the opinion, which found that collection activities under FISA Section 702  “circumvented the spirit of the law” and violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. But, at the time, the Senators were not permitted to discuss the details publicly. Section 702 has taken on new importance this week, as it appears to form the basis for the extensive PRISM surveillance program reported recently in the Guardian and the Washington Post.”













Senate Democrats Talk 2014, Immigration and Guns at Retreat



” “It [was all about] the 2014 line up, just going through it,” said Sen. Tom Udallof New Mexico, who noted that the discussion was led by new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Udall said that the Democrats in Annapolis, Md., for the retreat will also discuss sequestration, immigration and ways to reduce gun violence before wrapping up on Wednesday.”


   Talking about everything that will maintain their power but nothing on what they are actually  being paid for . Nary a word spoken of passing a budget … You do remember what a budget is don’t you Senators ?