Quotations in the News

  • by: The Associated Press , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 3:15 AM

"I cannot imagine a more 'indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion' than this systemic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for the purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Indeed, I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware 'the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,' would be aghast." — U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, in a ruling that questions the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk phone record collection.

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