We have good news on Jewel v. NSA
Our battle to re-expand the Fourth Amendment continues.
We’ve filed an amicus brief in this case in 2015, then another in 2019 (see Blinding Big Brother). Along the way, we find an additional amicus brief in a related case (Wikimedia v. NSA). Just this month, we filed an amicus brief in another related case (Fazaga v. FBI).
Now, we’re filing a third amicus brief in Jewel v. NSA, with yet more new arguments! Better yet…
It’s already funded!
We don’t need to ask you for money in order to complete this brief, though money is always welcome and useful. Here’s what’s at stake…
Our so-called government spies on us. They now admit they grab all email and phone call metadata, as well as all internet searches — all without a warrant or probable cause. We even know the precise building where all the data gets funneled in San Francisco. The Fourth Amendment forbids such actions, but get this…
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Fourth Amendment didn’t apply in this case because the searches were too generalized. Any injuries were shared in equal measure by all citizens! Somehow, this made it constitutionally okay!
By this reasoning, the government could commit mass murder, as long as nearly everyone was killed in equal measure!
The last time someone tried such universal spying (outside of Big Brother in 1984) it was the British Empire. Their General Warrants helped spark the American Revolution.
Is it time for Round 2?
We’ve already filed two briefs in this case. Our work helped persuade the Ninth District Court of Appeals to review the District Court decision in Jewel v. NSA. Now we’ve just filed another brief. We’re hoping to achieve one of the following…
- The Ninth Circuit should schedule a full hearing of the case again, or…
- Wait until the Supreme Court has ruled on two related cases, including one in which we recently filed a brief (Fazaga v. FBI)
We hope you like what we’re doing! And while this particular amicus brief is already funded, more will come up and we need to be ready. Please contribute or start a monthly pledge.
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Jim Babka, President
Agenda Setters by Downsize DC
[…] To fight this outrage, we joined with coalition partners to file amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit in 2015 and in 2019. Along the way, we filed amicus briefs in two closely-related cases. Then, we came back to this case with another brief in late 2021 (you’ll find links to all of those cases in the message we sent last October). […]
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