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December 16th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Judge: NSA phone data-mining unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of American's phone records is likely unconstitutional.

The data-mining program was revealed by NSA Leaker Edward Snowden.

Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

Snowden issued a statement in response to the ruling, saying "Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate American's rights. It is the first of many."

But a Justice Department spokesman says "... we believe the program is constitutional as previous judges have found."

They say, the ruling is being studied.

CNN's Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin is OutFront.


Filed under: National Security • News • NSA • NSA Leaker Edward Snowden
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