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Behold the future…

EFF’s logo for its case against NSA warrantless wiretapping; note the death grip on the network. (graphic by hugh electronic via Flickr)

Fourth Amendment, what’s that — only the Second exists anymore, per Glenn Greenwald and James Ball:

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.

Now these communications were used on foreigners, but the collections came domestically.  That slope is getting pretty slippery.  Here it is, the FISA approval courts are allowing the retention of domestic communications.

So, who is the first small-time pot dealer who goes to jail because he made an ill-timed text or phone call abroad…or next door with the NSA listening?

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