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In a stunning decision, a DC-based federal judge has ruled that the National Security Agency spying revealed this summer violates the constitution.
The opinion (PDF) published today by US District Judge Richard Leon is in response to a lawsuit filed by Larry Klayman, a longtime conservative activist. Klayman was fast on the draw, filing his lawsuit on June 6, one day after widespread NSA surveillance was revealed in June.
Leon’s order grants an injunction that will shut down the NSA’s Bulk Telephony Metadata Program, and it requires the government to destroy the metadata collected on the plaintiffs’ accounts.
The shutdown will only happen if an appeals court agrees with Leon, who has stayed the injunction pending appeal, “in light of the significant national security issues at stake in this case and the novelty of the constitutional issues.”