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  •  Then that person would be a criminal (0+ / 0-)

    and I would be quite upset with that person, let's call him Jay, for violating the law. However, I don't think Jay would be much inconvenienced by a lack of precedent. If Jay is a lawbreaker, then he doesn't respect the boundaries imposed by law, and so he certainly won't care what boundaries were established by precedent and discretion. Let's be clear: The data exists.  It could be misused, and if anyone, in the future, misuses it, then you will find in me a strident ally. As far as I can tell, nobody is alleging that the Obama administration misused the data. Instead, the argument seems to be that the data should not exist. Which is to say, they wish for that which is, not to be. Which strikes me as an "old man yelling at clouds" type of mentality.

    •  Jay would be inconvenienced (3+ / 0-)
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      by the fact that the dataBASE wouldn't exist, he wouldn't be able to access it with a few keystrokes, and he would in fact have to either swear a false affidavit, or falsify a court order, to get his hands on the information.

      What are you doing to fight the dangerous and counterproductive error of treating dirtbag terrorist criminals as though they were comic book supervillains? I can't believe we still have to argue this shit, let alone on Daily Kos.

      by happymisanthropy on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 11:39:18 PM PDT

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      •  The database certainly will exist (1+ / 0-)
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        on the servers of the telecoms. And the Obama administration has just conclusively proved that no falsified court order is needed; a real one is readily obtainable.

        But of course a tyrant wouldn't need a court order. Bush asserted he didn't, and people went along for a while.

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