Tuesday, December 17, 2013

You don't have to be a federal judge to know that.........

Federal Judge: "I Cannot Imagine" the NSA's Collection of Phone Records is Constitutional
Has Edward Snowden been vindicated? Not quite, but the U.S. government is at least being forced to answer tougher questions about the constitutionality and effectiveness of one of its most controversial countererrorism programs.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the so-called metadata had helped to head off terrorist attacks.  Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting metadata pertaining to the Verizon accounts of Klayman and one of his clients. However, the judge stayed the order to allow for an appeal.  “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval,” wrote Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush       REST OF STORY 

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