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Why a Railroad Merger May Get the Supreme Court to Rule on NSA Spying


In legal circles, the biggest “off the board” bet going is whether the Supreme Court this term will decide the constitutionality of the NSA’s bulk telephone metadata program, and resolve the issue once and for all. Virtually every expert agrees that won’t happen.

But don’t tell that to conservative activist lawyer Larry Klayman, who last December won the first major courtroom victory against the NSA’s program. Klayman sued to stop the program, and U.S. District Judge Richard Leon of Washington, D.C. ruled it likely unconstitutional. The judge called the spying “almost Orwellian,” and ordered the program shut down — but also stayed his order pending resolution in the appellate courts.

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