December 26, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Court Ruling on NSA Spying
See why a federal judge slammed the government’s surveillance program as ‘almost-Orwellian’
By Tom Dickinson
December 16, 2013 4:50 PM ET
Score one for Edward Snowden. In the first judicial challenge of the NSA’s constant, suspicionless surveillance of Americans’ cell phone records, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush ruled that the “metadata program” is likely unconstitutional: “The plaintiffs have a substantial likelihood of showing that . . . the NSA’s bulk collection program is indeed an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment,” wrote District Judge Richard J. Leon. Today’s ruling granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction – but stayed that order at least six months pending the Obama administration’s inevitable appeal.
The NSA couldn’t prove that its widespread, indiscriminate surveillance has stopped a terrorist attack: