Of course, the DOJ ran to the appeals court, claiming (among other things) that their system couldn’t stop collecting the metadata of those individual entities without shutting down the whole program and putting us all at risk of TEH TERRRORISTS!!!!!. Of course, in the alternative, it argued that J.J. Little still shouldn’t have standing because there’s no proof that Verizon Business Network Services (VBNS) is still a part of the bulk collection program. As Marcy Wheeler pointed out, these arguments are nonsensical. First, the system clearly has the capability to remove certain indicators, as the government has previously admitted it had to leave out things like pizza parlors that mucked up the connection data. Second, it’s bizarre to argue that taking this one number out would let the terrorists win… while at the same time arguing that maybe the entire VBNS no longer participates in the program.