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2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

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April 17, 2014 09:15 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.

Scalia thinks the judicial branch is the least qualified government branch to balance security and intrusion.

Scalia and Ginsburg, two long-time friends, aired their differing views of First Amendment rights Thursday night at the National Press Club, where moderator Marvin Kalb drew them gently into the subject of the National Security Agency, government secrecy and freedom of the press.

Ginsburg said the court cannot run away from dealing with the surveillance issue. Scalia said the judicial branch — unlike the executive and congressional branches — doesn't know the risk the nation faces.