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Federal judge rules that NSA phone program is likely unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency’s program of collection metadata for practically every phone call made to or from the US is likely unconstitutional:

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears
to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and
seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate
that collecting the information 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 so-called metadata pertaining to the Verizon
accounts of Klayman and one of his clients. However, the judge stayed
the order to allow for an appeal.
 
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