The PJ Tatler

Judge: NSA's Data Mining is Probably Unconstitutional

Fox has the story.

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision “pending appeal,” giving the U.S. government time to fight the decision over the next several months.

The judge wrote that he expects the government to “prepare itself to comply with this order when, and if, it is upheld.”

The ruling was the first major legal defeat for the NSA since Edward Snowden began exposing broad secrets about the NSA’s data collection over the summer.

In other NSA news, the Obama administration is reportedly considering granting Edward Snowden amnesty in exchange for returning to the US and handing over all the documents that he stole. US officials that they don’t even know the full extent of the documents he purloined from the NSA’s servers.

They have some idea how much he stole, as do the Russians and the Chinese by now.