This has always been pretty damn obvious to pretty much everyone with any grounding in civics, but it is good to see someone sitting on the bench who agrees…
A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the information had helped to head off terrorist attacks.
Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting so-called metadata pertaining to the Verizon accounts of Klayman and one of his clients. However, the judge stayed the order to allow for an appeal.
I was unable this afternoon to actually retrieve the ruling document, supposedly available at the above link, apparently because it was so popular with those of us who prefer privacy to having Big Brother’s nose in our pockets.