NSA Surveillance Case Study

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The first ruling against the NSA's surveillance program was handed down in December by Judge Richard Leon of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia. He said the program is “significantly likely” to violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches. The case was brought by a group led by legal activist Larry Klayman. "I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval," said Leon. The government has relied on the 1979 Supreme Court case Smith v. Maryland to justify its spying program. The ruling said police

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