Federal Judge Finds NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional
Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 16, 2013
CNN reported that Federal District Judge Richard Leon has ruled that the NSA’s surveillance of domestic telephone communications on Americans is unconstitutional. This ruling relates to the government collecting metadata for millions of Americans, possibly the broadest intrusion on American’s privacy ever conducted by the federal government.
In his findings, Judge Leon said: “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. Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”
While Judge Leon’s ruling is a breath of fresh air, it is tragic that the federal government has already traveled down such a slippery slope of infringing on American’s constitutional rights. While these programs may have been started under previous administrations including Republicans, the Obama administration has taken the trampling of the Constitution to new heights.
There is no doubt that America faces significant challenges and dangers from terrorists who attempt to damage our country and its citizens. However, there is great danger from a federal government that would trample broad constitutional rights in the name of security.
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