Judge on NSA: “This court believes there are millions and millions of Americans whose constitutional rights have been and are being violated.”

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This is in reference to the NSA’s “bulk data” collection program.

You’re darn right that millions of people’s rights are being violated by this program. We have a Constitution. We have a 4th Amendment. Blanket searches are not constitutional this seems pretty clear. But it stands to the power of the agency that this is even still being discussed. The program pretty clearly should be gone, finito, adios. That is if we think the Constitution and the rule of law mean anything anymore. For some people in Washington this may be a very open question.

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(From Politico)

Warning that the constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans are being violated, a federal judge said Wednesday that he’s eager to expedite a lawsuit seeking to shut down the National Security Agency’s controversial program to collect data on large volumes of U.S. telephone calls.

During an hourlong hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, Judge Richard Leon repeatedly urged the conservative lawyer who brought the suit to take steps to allow the case to move forward quickly by asking a federal appeals court to formally relinquish control over an appeal in the case.

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