AirTalk for December 17, 2013

Judge rules NSA domestic phone data-mining program unconstitutional

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Director of the National Security Agency Gen. Keith Alexander (2nd R) speaks as Deputy Attorney General James Cole (R) listens during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee December 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held the hearing on "Continued Oversight of U.S. Government Surveillance Authorities."

A federal court judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone metadata is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon placed a temporary injunction on the PRISM program but left the door open for the government to appeal his decision.

The case was brought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, which alleged that the U.S. Security agency violated the Fourth Amendment.

PRISM was one of the first NSA secret surveillance programs to be exposed by the so-called "NSA files," the trove of classified documents obtained by former contractor Edward Snowden.


Alan Butler, Appellate Advocacy Counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Robert Kaufman, Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; Author, “In Defense of the Bush Doctrine” and “Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics”

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