Yesterday, a federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled that the NSA’s mass collection of phone records was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment. The ruling was certainly welcome, but it doesn’t actually put an end to the NSA’s surveillance program. We’ll have to wait until the case goes to the Appeals Court.
In the meantime, our favorite Taiwanese animators over at NMA have thrown together a little short about yesterday’s ruling. The short gives a brief history of the past year in leaks from Edward Snowden and Wired Magazine and how the Obama administration has tried to paint its programs as legal under precedents set during the 80s.
While this ruling doesn’t really mean anything for now, it’s still a symbolic victory for the people who have been fighting against the NSA’s surveillance powers for years now. Those same people might have another victory on their hands later this week when Obama meets with tech giants to discuss the NSA and its spying powers. If the President can’t convince these companies over to his side, he and those who support the NSA will have some powerful opponents in the coming years.
Image via Taiwanese Animators/YouTube