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ACLU Files Suit Against NSA, Patriot Act Phone Surveillance

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit charging that the NSA’s mass surveillance of U.S. citizens’ data violates constitutional rights of free speech and privacy.

… Last week, The Guardian published an order issued by the FISC that compelled a Verizon subsidiary — Verizon Business Network Services (VBNS) — to hand over, on an “ongoing, daily basis,” details for every phone call placed on its network for a prospective three-month period.

… The ACLU press release also states that the type of personal data being collected through Section 215 of the Patriot Act constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Lastly, the ACLU complaint charges that the executive branch’s use of Section 215 violates the plain language of the statute itself. The statute requires that records seized under its authority be “relevant” to an authorized foreign-intelligence or terrorism investigation.

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