ACLU Appeals NSA Metadata Ruling
As expected, the ACLU is filing an appeal
after a Judge recently ruled
that the agency's wholesale collection of metadata was legal. Judge William H Pauley III argued that Fourth Amendment protections don't apply to records held by third parties, like phone companies, therefore invalidating the ACLU's (a Verizon customer) claims. "The government has a legitimate interest in tracking the associations of suspected terrorists, but tracking those associations does not require the government to subject every citizen to permanent surveillance,” said the ACLU in a statement
. Given other recent court opinions
that such collection does
violate the Fourth Amendment, the case will likely ultimately wind its way to the Supreme Court.