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US Court rules against NSA secret phone-snooping
DECEMBER 18, 2013 03:23  
A federal judge ruled Monday (local time) that the National Security Agency뭩 surveillance program that collects millions of Americans telephone records is unconstitutional and the agency must stop the program and delete the records.

It was the first ruling that the US Court recognized the illegality of the agency뭩 massive data collection, revealed by former CIA agent Edward Snowden, and is deemed as a milestone ruling that valued individuals privacy over the arbitrary invasion. The ruling is expected to deal a blow to the agency뭩 information collection.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon sided with Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, and Charles Strange who claimed that the NSA뭩 indiscriminate data collection must be suspended due to the infringement of people뭩 privacy in a lawsuit against President Barack Obama and the Obama administration. However, Leon issued a preliminary injunction against the program but suspended the order for the government to appeal in consideration of the impact of the case on national security and the nature of the ruling related to the constitution.

The Justice Department said it would appeal, saying, 밯e received secret court approval (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) to collect vast amounts of metadata.

밪urely, such a program infringes on 몋hat degree of privacy that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment, said Leon. 밒 cannot imagine a more 멼ndiscriminate and 멲rbitrary invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval.

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