On Monday, a landmark Federal judicial decision was published calling the NSA’s collection of data “almost Orwellian.” The Federal Judge added that he could not “imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.” In writing this decision, Judge Richard J. Leon of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia cemented over 200 years of American constitutional law. It is often argued (mostly by those who don’t fully understand it) that the internet requires different rules for search and seizure than say, a house. Much of this type of justification is premised on an overwhelming need to give up rights to combat “terrorism”. However, the use of fear tactics and sleight of hand to erode civil privacy rights in the name of waging a war on ideology is a dangerous and slippery slope usually reserved for the playbook of totalitarian regimes. The decision serves to push that argument to the forefront of this debate. View the entire story from the New York Times.