Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NSA Spying Program Ruled Unconstitutional

NSA's bulk phone data collection ruled unconstitutional by federal judge
A first step. And we wouldn't be taking it but for Edward Snowden.
"The ruling from Judge Richard Leon (PDF Link), a US district judge in the District of Columbia, is stayed pending a likely appeal. In his opinion, Leon wrote that the NSA's data vast collection of Americans' phone metadata constitutes an unreasonable search or seizure under the Fourth Amendment. "The government does not cite a single case in which analysis of the NSA's bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack," wrote Leon. "Given the limited record before me at this point in the litigation – most notably, the utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented because searching the NSA database was faster than other investigative tactics – I have serious doubts about the efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations in cases involving imminent threats of terrorism.""
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