Well, this is big, big news. Judge Richard Leon, a judge in the DC district court, has ruled that the NSA’s bulk metadata collection should be stopped as violating the 4th Amendment, though he’s put the ruling on hold, knowing that it will be appealed. This is the first major court ruling concerning the program, and the judge is pretty clear that it’s a 4th Amendment violation even though the FISA court approved it. The case is actually two different cases brought by Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, over the NSA’s activities.
Excellent news! But according to WND, Klayman has more to say about NSA spying than is in his lawsuit. Because he has brought the suit forward he now has experience with just how freely the NSA interferes in the lives of Americans.
The attorney who won a high-profile federal court fight Monday with the National Security Agency over its invasive telephone call spy program says he was put under surveillance – and more – by the agency when he filed the case.
Larry Klayman, a WND commentary contributor and founder of Judicial Watch and, more recently, FreedomWatch, told WND that once his allegations that the federal government was violating the Constitution with its “watch-every-call” strategy hit the courts, he noticed problems with his email.
“People began receiving from me emails that I had never sent,” Klayman told WND, suggesting harassment over his work. “The government just wanted me to know they were watching me.”
Klayman has done us all a service by refusing to be intimidated and pushing forward with his case. Judge Richard Leon may also go down in the history books as hero of the law. As both sources report, Leon refused to be bound by a thirty year old precedent that predated “the rise of cell phones” and never dealt with the quantity of information that is now available through them.
This is a significant step to the recovery of the Fourth Amendment, but it is only just the beginning.