Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Judged Slams NSA's Verizon Records Dragnet as 'Unconstitutional'

BY Carlton Wilkinson, The Street

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A federal judge has sided with the plaintiffs against the Obama administration in a suit claiming, in part, that the National Security Agency's broad collection of phone records from Verizon Communications (VZ_) and others is unconstitutional, according to court documents.

Describing the program as employing "almost-Orwellian technology," U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said the mass collection of data probably violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting unlawful search and seizure. He drew a sharp distinction between the current NSA program and the programs under consideration during important legal precedents. The most notable of those, Smith v. Maryland of 1979, involved the occasional handing over of phone numbers at the request of law enforcement.  READ MORE 

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