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Judge: NSA’s collecting of phone records is likely unconstitutional

• Ann E. Marimow & Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post
A federal judge in Washington said Monday that the government’s widespread collection of telephone records of millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon found that the lawsuit by activist Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, has “demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success” on the basis of Fourth Amendment privacy protections against unreasonable searches.
Leon granted Klayman’s request for a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the controversial program, but he stayed the action pending a government appeal in recognition of the “significant national security interests at stake. . .

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