(12/18/2013)
A federal judge says the government's wholesale snooping of American's telephone conversations is not constitutional, being warrantless searches.

With several administrations and the US Congress pushing forward with its massive surveillance program, their reaction will likely be they have not violated any law.

NSA Program Likely Violates Federal Law

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search. The program probably isn't effective in fighting terrorism either, the judge said in a lengthy opinion filled with blistering criticism.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction against the government's collecting of the phone records of two men who had challenged it and said any such records for the men should be destroyed. But he put enforcement of that decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal, which may well end up at the Supreme Court ...

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