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DC District Court Rules NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional. Program will Continue Pending Appeal.

Judge Leon of the DC District CourtJudge Leon of the DC District Court has held that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephony metadata violates the Fourth Amendment and has enjoined the entire program (stayed pending appeal).

Judge Leon recognizes that his holding conflicts with the reasoning of other district courts, but he expresses confidence that he is correct and that James Madison would be “aghast” at the NSA’s telephony metadata program. Finding the entire NSA metadata program unconstitutional, Judge Leon enjoins it, but he stays his order pending appeal to the DC Circuit.

This is a GREAT ruling, but unfortunately, it’s not going to do a thing in practice right now. He “enjoined” the entire program, but “stayed” his own decision, pending appeal – which will be coming.

In other words. He put a stop to the program, but put his own order on hold. NSA surveillance will continue.

And we will continue our work to #NullifyNSA – because we don’t trust the higher courts to do the right thing.

3 thoughts on “DC District Court Rules NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional. Program will Continue Pending Appeal.

  1. […] 1. Judge Leon in the DC District held the NSA spying program to be likely unconstitutional. (read about it and see the whole court opinion here) […]

  2. […] 1. Judge Leon in the DC District held the NSA spying program to be likely unconstitutional. (read about it and see the whole court opinion here) […]

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