When the Supreme Court first encountered the internet, the justices expressed wonder at its potential. “It is ‘no exaggeration to conclude that the content on the Internet is as diverse as human thought,’” marveled Justice John Paul Stevens, then the court’s oldest member. The court decided that, unlike the more regulated television and broadcast media, this “‘unique and wholly new medium of worldwide human communication” was entitled to full First Amendment protection.
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How do you graduate as a conservative with two Harvard degrees? We learn this and much more from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), our guest for episode 96 . We dive deep with the Senator on the 215 metadata program and its USA FREEDOM Act replacement. We ask what the future holds for the 702 program, one of the most important counterterrorism programs and just entering yet another round of jockeying over renewal; Sen. Cotton has already come out in favor of making the program permanent. To round things out, Sen.
This morning, the government filed a motion to vacate the preliminary injunction in Klayman and to dismiss the appeal as moot.
Is the internet really worth it? Our guest for episode 91, Jason Healey of the Atlantic Council and Columbia University, recaps a study finding that, even with a worst-case Clockwork Orange Internet, the economic benefits of networking still outweigh the losses from security failures.
Well, we can count one vote on the DC Circuit for upholding the Section 215 program against Larry Klayman's Fourth Amendment challenge.
Here's a brief update on my piece yesterday on the Klayman litigation. The government yesterday, as promised, moved in the D.C. Circuit for a stay of Judge Leon's ruling.
Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued an injunction against the NSA's bulk metadata collection program in his ruling in Klayman v. Obama, ruling that the plantiffs "are likely to have standing to challenge the constitutionality" of the program.
You can read the full opinion below: