A federal judge today ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is likely unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's decision could have potentially far-reaching consequences.
Judge Leon stated that the NSA program probably violates the Constitution's Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable search and seizure.
In his ruling, Judge Leon blasted the Obama Administration's arguments in favor of the program saying there is little evidence that the controversial collection of phone records did anything to prevent a terrorist attack. Leon granted a preliminary injunction against the gathering of records of the two men who had challenged the program, saying any information already collected on them should be destroyed. However, he put enforcement of that decision on hold because the White House is almost certain to appeal the ruling in a case that may very well end up at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Edward Snowden, the man who is behind the whole NSA scandal remains in Moscow under political asylum. He released a statement saying, "Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans' rights. It is the first of many."
There had been reports that the NSA was considering making a deal with Snowden to acquire the secret documents he still has by offering him amnesty of some kind. But the White House put those rumors to rest, releasing a statement that there would be no amnesty for Snowden, period.
Ordinary Americans aren't the only ones unhappy with the NSA. So are civil liberties organizations and big communications companies who worry they may lose business because of the government snooping.
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