It was reported today Friday, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia attended a National Press Club and answered questions about the cases surrounding the National Security Agency surveillance programs.
One of the more notable conservative justices, Scalia said that he didn't believe the Supreme Court was not the best place to debate and make legal decisions over national security matters, because "of its lack of expertise", reported by the Huffington Post. However, Scalia did state the court might decide the facts that surround the gathering of mass data through telecommunications. It appears Scalia wants to stick with his expertise, adding that it's better to look at whether or not a violation of citizens privacy rights happened under the Fourth Amendment, but Ginsberg had a different answer.
Of the nine justice, Ginsberg is reported to be more liberal. She told attendees regardless of the subject matter being within their expertise, if the case comes before them they would have to make a decision.
"We can't run away and say, 'Well, we don't know much about the subject so we won't decide it,'" Ginsberg said, as reported by the Huffington post.
The justices were also asked about their thoughts on Edward Snowden being labeled a traitor or a whistleblower, and Ginsberg refused to answer that question, because she said the case still has the potential to come before the Supreme Court therefore avoiding a "preview" of the case. It appears that case against Snowden could see some action if federal charges are brought against him after he is extradited back to the United States.
It's been almost a year ago when Snowden leaked classified documents to news reporters. The Washington Post and The Guardian broke the NSA story about bulk data collection happening to U.S. citizens. Since the leaked information Snowden has sought asylum in Russia. Recently the The Post was awarded a "gold medal" by Columbia University for its coverage on the topic.
The 20 questions game continued for the two justices, someone asked whether or not they thought one of the two newspapers, The Washington Post is worthy of earning one of the highest awards for journalism. Scalia simply stated he doesn't read that paper and hasn't a clue why they received the award. Ginsberg simply turned the question back to the journalists in the crowd saying that question is better answered by the experts.