NSA Phone Program Likely Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules
As many have stated from the start, the FOURTH AMENDMENT protects us from these NSA abuses…. – Mr Blacksheep
By Josh Gerstein
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s phone surveillance program is likely unconstitutional, Politico reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said that the agency’s controversial program, first unveiled by former government contractor Edward Snowden earlier this year, appears to violate the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which states that the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”
“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,” Leon wrote in the ruling.
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