A federal judge says that the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program is "almost Orwellian."
U.S. District Judge, Richard Leon, ruled today that the NSA's phone surveillance program violated the Fourth Amendment, saying that it is likely unconstitutional and almost Orwellian.
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The federal judge made the ruling in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. following a lawsuit filed by conservative activist and lawyer, Larry Klayman. Klayman claims that the NSA violated his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search, citing the documents leaked by Edward Snowden earlier this year.
“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval,” Leon wrote.
Although the ruling today will not affect the situation legally, the chances of forwarding the concern to higher courts is high. The NSA has declined to comment on the ruling.
Source: Wall Street Journal