NSA Phone Dragnet Likely Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (December 16, 2013, 4:19 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Monday ordered the National Security Agency to stop collecting phone call data on two Verizon Communications Inc. customers, the first decision to cast doubt on the constitutionality of the U.S. surveillance program since the Edward Snowden leaks.

In a 68-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the government from collecting metadata associated with personal Verizon accounts of former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, the father of a Navy SEAL member...
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