June 6, 2013
Roger Vinson, the same federal judge who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in 2011, signed an order that compels Verizon to give the National Security Agency information on all telephone calls in its system.
The Verizon order was revealed Wednesday night in a report from The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.
It requires Verizon to produce “certain call detail records or
‘telephony metadata’” created by the company. The report has already
sparked concern and outrage from people questioning the federal
government’s surveillance powers.
Here, side by side, are the Obamacare ruling and the Verizon order, courtesy of Twitter user @nycsouthpaw:
In 2011, Vinson ruled the key portion of Obamacare — the individual
mandate — unconstitutional. In his decision, he put forth the metaphor
that Congress could theoretically mandate Americans to buy certain
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