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One of the more interesting pieces of disinformation spread by the NSA and the White House in recent days has been the assertion that the gathering of telephony and internet "metadata" that's been going on since at least 2002 is OK because it isn't specifically prohibited. What utter bullshit. Any student of constitutional law knows -- and learned professors certainly should -- that under our system of limited government, the Executive can't do something unless it is specifically authorized to do. That's why it's called "limited government." The opposite, "unlimited government," is what is called tyranny. Thus the government has no natural or God-given powers; it has only whatever limited powers we choose to give it. The government is not all-powerful. It has no right to try to do more than we've explicitly authorized it to do. It is limited. Apparently, the President cut class the day they covered this in his Con Law course at Harvard.