Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Dec 2013 23:15 UTC

A federal judge in Washington ruled on Monday that the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the US constitution, in the most significant legal setback for the agency since the first disclosures prompted by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Judge Richard Leon declared that the mass collection of metadata probably violates the fourth amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and was "almost Orwellian" in its scope. In a judgment replete with literary swipes against the NSA, he said James Madison, the architect of the US constitution, would be "aghast" at the scope of the agency’s collection of Americans' communications data.

It's just a preliminary ruling, and while the judge stated that he would most likely uphold the preliminary ruling after the merits of the case have been handled, there's probably thousands of appeals and stuff like that where this could crumble into dust.

Once a government has obtained a power, it rarely releases it. That's the nature of government - it can only grow.

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RE[2]: Yup
by darknexus on Tue 17th Dec 2013 00:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Yup"
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"[q]Once a government has obtained a power, it rarely releases it.

So you liberals keep that in mind the next time you insist that the government should do this or that ;)

Took the words right out of my mouth. ;) [/q]
In the interest of fairness though, I have to say the modern Neocons are just as bad as the liberals. Both want increased government power and control, just in different areas.

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