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Federal judge decided that mass surveillance is unconstitutional

December 17, 2013

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Federal District Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia ruled that mass collection of phone metadata of American citizens is contrary to the requirements of the U.S. Constitution in a case brought by lawyer Larry Klayman. Judge Leon decided that due to changes in telephone usage the precedent laid down by case Smith v. Maryland in 1979 does not apply to mass surveillance. The Government now has time to appeal against the decision.

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