Ninth Circuit Tosses Challenge to NSA Spying
On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit issued a six-page order remanding Smith’s main claims for dismissal, finding that her allegations about the ongoing collection of her metadata are moot, apparently because collection by the NSA stopped last November.
Let’s try that in a few other scenarios.
- The court dismissed claims that a peeping-tom spied on a woman as moot, apparently because he is no longer peeping through her window.
- The court dismissed wrongful death claims against the police department as moot, apparently because the officers haven’t killed any innocent, unarmed people lately.
- The court dismissed claims that an clerk embezzled bank funds as moot, apparently because the fired clerk is now flipping burgers at Mickey D’s and has no access to the bank’s money.
- The court dismissed claims that the redlight camera company falsely billed motorists as moot, apparently because they ceased operations when it became known it lacked required licensure.
- The court dismissed charges against a burglar as moot, apparently because he has not committed any more burglaries since being jailed without bond.
Somehow, I suspect that “I’m not doing it anymore” would be about as effective as the “Biden Defense” if I got taken to court. But I’m not the government, answerable to no one.