Monday November 09, 2015

Judge Blocks NSA Spying And Sets An Important Precedent

The NSA’s controversial phone records collection program has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge today.

US District Judge Richard Leon’s decision to end the collection is a victory for the plaintiffs in the case and for civil liberties groups who have been asserting that the program was unconstitutional since it was first exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013. But while the ruling is important in principle for what it says about the legality of the program, its practical importance is minimal since the ruling only applies to the two plaintiffs who brought suit against the NSAآ—Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist, and his business.