- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2014

A terrorism suspect working with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal challenge in federal court in Denver over the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, charging the government with just going too far with its powers.

“The statute that authorized the surveillance is unconstitutional,” said Jamshid Muhtorov, in his suit, The Associated Press reported. He also said the law is “exceptionally intrusive and it is conducted by executive officers who enjoy broad authority to decide whom to monitor, when and for how long.”

The ACLU is billing the suit as historic, given the defendant’s alleged terrorism-tied background, the AP said.

Mr. Muhtorov was charged in 2012 of giving material support to a terrorist group from Uzbek that was on the ground and active in Afghanistan. He was arrested in January 2012 in Chicago and found in possession of $2,800 in cash, two iPhones encased in shrink-wrap, an iPad and a GPS tracker, AP reported.