NSA court ruling: Score one for Edward Snowden

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.

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The NSA couldn’t prove that its widespread, indiscriminate surveillance has stopped a terrorist attack:

Judge Andrew Napolitano On NSA Ruling

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