Big Data Meets Big Government: The Unconstitutionality of the NSA Surveillance Program
The Las Vegas Lawyers Chapter
Randy E. Barnett
Start : Friday, October 11, 2013 11:45 AM
End : Friday, October 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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- Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
Due to unauthorized disclosures, since confirmed, we have recently begun to learn the scope of current NSA surveillance programs. When combined with data collection by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the digitization of our medical information under Obamacare, we are entering into an era in which the federal government possesses voluminous personal details on every American, which it can subject to algorithmic analysis by super computers to reveal intimate details of our daily lives, should it so choose. All this data is being seized from private companies to whom it was disclosed pursuant to contractual terms of services agreements and privacy statutes. Such blanket seizures are unprecedented in American history and are the modern day equivalent of the general warrants that the Fourth Amendment was adopted to prohibit. In addition, a republican form of government requires that the people, who are the principals or masters, know enough about the conduct of their agents in government to hold them accountable. Yet, the constitutionality of the NSA program has to date only been evaluated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the proceedings and rulings of which are kept secret, like the English Star Chamber. This is not consistent with the "due process of law."
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