Implications of the Court Ruling Against the NSA

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
May 13 2015


Why the ruling against the NSA’s phone records program could have huge implications
(“The government argued that the huge volume of  phone records were relevant to counterterrorism investigations because searching through them later might help discern links to terrorism suspects. But the court didn’t buy it, ruling that such an interpretation of ‘relevance’ was ‘unprecedented and unwarranted.’ The government’s argument, the judges said, boiled down to ‘the proposition that essentially all telephone records are relevant to essentially all international terrorism investigations.’ Knocking down that interpretation could have consequences that go beyond the program and even the part of the USA Patriot Act used to authorized it, Section 215.”)