‘Liberal’ 9th Circuit backs government spying

by CalWatchdog Staff | June 10, 2013 3:38 pm

big-brother-is-watching-you4[1]June 10, 2013

By John Seiler

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is supposed to be the most liberal in the country.

And liberalism is supposed to defend personal privacy. For example, the 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was based on the “right to privacy.” Here’s an exact quote from the decision[2]: “…the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment[3], which protects against state action the right to privacy….”

Now this report from Salon[4]:

“Today, amidst all the other news about the government’s vast surveillance network, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California dismissed a case brought seven years ago against the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. The dismissal essentially affirms the “big catch-22″ that makes it nearly impossible for American citizens to sue their government for spying on them.

“Among other things, the Center for Constitutional Rights[5] coordinates the legel defense of the hundreds of detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. After the New York Times revealed the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program in late 2005, CCR had reason to believe that the agency had intercepted its attorneys calls and emails with people outside the U.S., including clients, clients’ families, outside attorneys, potential witnesses, and others.

“So in 2006 they sued[6], asking a federal court for an injunction to stop the program and naming George W. Bush, the head of the NSA, and the heads of other intelligence agencies as defendants. The government eventually ended that program, so CCR now wanted the court to force the government to destroy any records of surveillance that the intelligence agencies may still have retained from its old illegal wiretapping program.”

Here’s the key: The Ninth Circuit, however “liberal,” is part of the government. So it’s the government letting the government do whatever the government wants.

There really is no “right of privacy.” Only the “right” of the government, including the “liberal” Ninth Circuit, to interpret the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution however it wishes, meaning in favor of the government.

Which means, logically, that this government is not a government of free people, meaning that the government itself is entirely illegitimate.


  1. [Image]: http://www.calwatchdog.com/2011/04/12/big-teachers-is-watching-you/big-brother-is-watching-you4-10/
  2. rom the decision: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0410_0113_ZS.html
  3. Fourteenth Amendment: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct-cgi/get-const?amendmentxiv
  4. report from Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/06/10/why_you_cant_sue_the_government_for_spying_on_you/
  5. the Center for Constitutional Rights: http://ccrjustice.org/
  6. they sued: http://ccrjustice.org/CCR-v-Obama

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