U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon has ruled that the National
Security Agency's (NSA) phone metadata collection program violates the Fourth
Amendment that protect US Citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The
ruling says "Surely, such a program infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that
the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment." The injunction he issued
to stop the program was stayed pending appeal.
This issue seems destined to end up in the Supreme Court. It would be a big
step forward if the NSA was just forthright about the data they are collecting
and what they are doing with it.