Judge: NSA Spying 'Almost Certainly' Unconstitutional
Meanwhile, White House says no amnesty for Snowden
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2013 1:53 PM CST
One ex-coworker calls Edward Snowden a 'genius among geniuses.'   (AP File Photo)

(Newser) – The NSA's massive collection of phone metadata is "almost certainly" unconstitutional, a federal judge declared in a blistering statement today. Judge Richard Leon issued an injunction banning the agency from spying on the plaintiffs in the lawsuit he was reviewing—legal analyst Larry Klayman and one of his clients—though he suspended that injunction to allow the government to appeal, Politico and the Wall Street Journal report. Leon called the program "almost Orwellian," writing, "I cannot imagine a more 'indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion'" of privacy.

"I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware 'the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,' would be aghast," he added, according to the Blog of the Legal Times.

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isitdoneyet
Dec 17, 2013 1:31 AM CST
"Almost certainly", what exactly does that mean? Like, really really close to being certain, just a teensy weensy uncertain? Or initially was certain, but then rethought the whole thing, and now it's like, no way... But there for a moment it really was certain...?
jgmann
Dec 16, 2013 10:04 PM CST
Overheard in the halls of the NSA: "I'd tap that!"
iq145
Dec 16, 2013 6:18 PM CST
OK! Yes, we know it's Unconstitutional... but Special Ed still threw his life away. Nothing makes what he did "right". There are channels, he didn't take any of them!