DC Circ. Protects Secret Gov't Programs In NSA Ruling

By Emily Field (August 28, 2015, 10:14 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit's decision to lift a lower court's injunction against the National Security Agency's phone metadata collection will have limited practical impact on the program soon to be curtailed by Congress, but attorneys say the ruling established a precedent making it difficult for plaintiffs to challenge other secret government programs.

The circuit court sent back the challenge to the bulk surveillance program for further proceedings, ruling that plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange just barely met the standing stage since they haven't shown that their own metadata was ever collected. The opinions issued by the panel stopped short of weighing in...

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