Judge flips switch on 'Orwellian' spying of Americans
A judge has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday in a lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s spy-on-Americans program – a program that the judge earlier described as “almost-Orwellian.”
That was when U.S. District Judge Richard Leon nearly two years ago found that the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution and ordered it to stop – issuing a stay of his order to allow the government to appeal.
Now that the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has disagreed with Leon’s findings, and returned the case to him, he will be considering what – if any – discovery, the exchange of evidence, will be allowed in the case.
A large part of the fight is over its secrecy. The appeals court said the plaintiffs couldn’t specifically prove their own telephone records were seized by the government, so they couldn’t sue.
But they cannot obtain access to such evidence without a case pending.
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