Judge's ruling against NSA's bulk collection of phone records only 'opening salvo'

  • Article by: FREDERIC J. FROMMER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 2:25 AM

WASHINGTON — A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won't be the last word on the issue.

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PaleriderDec. 17, 13 7:41 AM

Where are the protesters? If Bush had pulled this there would be riots and a concaphony of wailing and gnashing of teeth. This administration perpetrated an invasion of privacy that exceeds the scope of any in history. Interesting response from the masses.

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hawkeye56379Dec. 17, 1310:33 AM

What do you mean "if" Bush had pulled this???????? The program started under Bush, and in fact the Bush Administration was doing this data collection without statutory authorization from Congress and without court approval from the FISA court. That program was found unconstitutional because of those issues, so Congress passed a law allowing these bulk collections as long as the FISA court gave its approval. So, far from being something that "exceeds the scope of any in history", the current program is subject to far more checks than the one in the early Bush years.

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