Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is skeptical of the government’s arguments. Sen. Mark Udall As we reported back in July 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and its allies filed a new federal lawsuit challenging government spying in the wake of the Snowden leaks.

This case, First Unitarian Church v. NSA, challenges the government’s collection of telephone call information, saying the practice violates the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

The complaint states that Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all participate in the government’s collection of data, including originating and terminating phone numbers, trunk identifiers, calling card numbers, and time and duration of calls.

Now, the First Unitarian Church and its fellow plaintiffs have new allies in three United States senators who have been at the forefront of surveillance policy reform. In a new amicus brief filed on Tuesday, Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) say that they “have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records has provided any intelligence of value that could not have been gathered through less intrusive means.”     

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