They Should Probably Stop Looking At Your Dirty Texts (And All The Other Ones Too)

It’s been a year since the whole world woke up to the U.S. government's massive collection of phone calls, emails, and texts of ordinary folks (and the occasional foreign dignitary too). What’s the fallout? Well, for one thing, the Supreme Court ruled on June 25, 2014, to protect our cellphones from warrantless searches. It’s good these guys are keeping an eye on it.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the first lawsuit against the government's mass collection of telephone records, arguing that the government has violated our basic freedoms of speech and privacy. If you need a reminder of the details, here’s an interview with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and another with the reporter that broke the original story a year ago.

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Sen. Ron Wyden: When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they are going to be stunned and they are going to be angry.

Sen. Ron Wyden: Director Clapper, does the NSA collect data on hundreds of millions of Americans.

Dir. Clapper: No sir.

Sen. Ron Wyden: It does not?

Dir. Clapper: Not wittingly, there are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps collect, but not wittingly.

News Anchor: New revelations at the NSA.

News Anchor: Word broke Edward Snowden revealed a classified document.

Person: It's their objective to use Facebook, Google, and Skype to invade conversations without warrants and without accountability.

President Obama: Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.

Rep. Jim Sensebrenner: Forget about civil liberties, the First and Fourth amendments.

President Obama: I welcome this debate.

Rep. Jim Sensebrenner: Trillions of calls makes the haystack so big they can't find the needle.

Person: Collect it all, know it all, exploit it all.

Person: Do we oppose the collection of every American's phone records.

President Obama: Five years ago, six years ago, we might not have been having this discussion.

Person: Some are tracking love interests.

Person: Why would intelligence agencies keep track of porn? To exploit and undermine reputations.

Person: How many members of Congress actual knew?

Jon Stewart: Seriously, that thing they said they're not doing; they're totally doing.

Edward Snowden: The greatest fear that I have is that nothing will change.

Hon. Keith Alexander: We need to step away from sensationalized headlines and focus on facts.

Person/b> The American Civil Liberties Union has filed the first lawsuit over the NSA.

Person/b> It was a matter of obligation and conscience.

Edward Snowden/b> This is not about right and left, this is about right and wrong.

President Obama: I am therefore ordering a transition that will end this program as it currently exists.

Edward Snowden: I took an oath to defend the Constitution and I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale.

Narrator: In the last year, we've come a long way, but there is still more to be done.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

This video was created by the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the best groups out there defending our constitutional rights and liberties. Learn more about related ACLU initiatives, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Thumbnail image via Thinkstock.


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