Judge Rules That NSA Phone Program Is Likely Unconstitutional
A federal judge ruled Monday that the NSA’s surveillance program that collects phone record metadata from all U.S. citizens is likely unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon found that the government’s “bulk collection and querying of phone record metadata” may violate the Fourth Amendment and “certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Leon issued a preliminary injunction in the case, which is the combination of two lawsuits filed against the government by legal activist Larry Klayman, that bars the NSA from collecting metadata associated with the Verizon account of Klayman and one of his clients. Leon then issued a second injunction requiring the government to destroy any phone metadata on Klayman in its possession that was collected through the program.