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Richard Leon

Can the U.S. Stop Itself from Widespread Surveillance?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA surveillance program was unconstitutional. The gist of his ruling is that collecting data on the telephone calls of every American violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. It should be pretty obvious to most Americans that collecting data in this way is not compatible with the values and laws governing our democracy, but it is still good to have that confirmed by a federal judge. The ruling itself is interesting, but the question of how any administration, Democratic or Republican believed that surveillance of that kind was, or should be legal, is more significant.

Judge's Ruling Against NSA Is Just The Beginning

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' t...

Ryan J. Reilly

Lawyer Behind NSA Lawsuit Once Sued His Own Mother | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The guy who successfully convinced a judge that the NSA's metadata program was likely unconstitutional is a conservative lawyer who once...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Reserve's 'Swipe' Fee Rule

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has struck down a rule setting a cap on the fees that banks can charge merchants for handling debit card purchases. He s...

Obama Set to Declare National Emergency

Mark Steinberg | Posted 06.03.2013 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

Speaking today from the Oval Office, President Obama warned that absent a sharp reversal, within weeks the nation will be inundated by a tsunami of declarations by entertainers, politicians and others that they want to "give back" to voters.

Judge Won't Block Execution

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 04.23.2013 | Crime

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia has executed a 38-year-old inmate convicted of killing two college students in 1995. Andrew Allen Cook was pronounced de...