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Topic - Richard Leon
WASHINGTON (AP) — A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.
Basically, we Americans are a practical rather than an ideological people. We are interested in what's right, but almost obsessed with what works. The two district court decisions that greeted us this Christmas on the constitutionality and practical utility of the National Security Agency's continuing drive to collect all available information on each of us reflects this difference.
There's a new national hero among us. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia last week punched out the National Security Agency, a bully grown far too big for its britches. He called the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records "almost Orwellian" and possibly "unconstitutional."
"Almost Orwellian" — that's the description a federal judge gave earlier this week to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on virtually all 380 million cellphones in the United States.
A public interest lawyer who says the government is "messing" with his text messages pleaded with a federal judge Monday to halt the government's electronic snooping programs, in a case that tests whether Americans will be able to challenge the NSA's phone-records collection in regular courts.
In his December ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the NSA program appeared to violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.