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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Richard Leon
A federal appeals court should outlaw the National Security Agency's collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, concentrating searches instead on terror suspects, civil liberties lawyers said in papers filed seeking a reversal of a lower-court judge who ruled the program was legal and necessary to fight terrorism.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday to halt the NSA's phone-records collection program, and invited millions of Americans to sign up as co-plaintiffs to block overbearing government searches.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government lawyers are asking a federal judge to issue a stay temporarily preventing further proceedings in a lawsuit that threatens a National Security Agency surveillance program targeting the calling records of millions of American phone users.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to tighten restrictions on U.S. spying on foreign leaders and also is considering changes in National Security Agency access to Americans' phone records, according to people familiar with a White House review of the nation's surveillance programs.
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.
Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal, a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism and "only works because it collects everything."
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon declared that the bulk of the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search.
"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.
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."
The Democratic strategist whom President Obama has summoned to right a flailing White House also poses an optics challenge for an administration that has gone to great pains to distance itself from lobbying and influence makers.
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.