A federal judge in Washington said Monday the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches.
BREAKING: Judge says NSA bulk collection of phone records violates a Constitution ban on unreasonable searches.
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Judge Says NSA Bulk Collection of Phone Records Is Unconstitutional
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The federal government is justifying the NSA program based on old precedent that has since been surpassed by “technological advances and a cell phone-centric lifestyle heretofore inconceivable,” Judge Richard Leon of U.S. District Court ruled, according to NBC News.
“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” the judge said, according to CNN.
Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush, put his ruling on hold, however, to allow the government to appeal, according to NBC News.
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