Supreme Court Rejects NSA Phone Spying Case

After U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s preliminary injunction was issued back in December, which kept the NSA from gathering metadata pertaining to certain Verizon customers who took part in a lawsuit filed by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, the Supreme Court decided to refrain from reviewing the case.

According to Judge Leon’s ruling, the Justice Department didn’t produce enough evidence to make him believe that the massive surveillance program was justified, which led to his decision to call the NSA’s surveillance programs unconstitutional.

The decision was announced Monday.

Per the rules of the court, at least four of the nine justices must agree on taking up the cause for a full review before it’s accepted, but since the process failed to grant the case a go, the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program remains unchecked by the Supreme Court.

The debate over President Barack Obama’s proposal to change how data gathered by private companies will be stored has also sparked this administration’s harshest critics, especially when it comes to the unconstitutional surveillance programs carried out by the NSA.

Lawmakers such as Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) both pointed out that the proposed changes would not make it any more difficult for the government to have access to an American’s phone data, it would simply change where the NSA will have to go for more information.

While some lawmakers like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who’s also the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman, were hopeful that the Supreme Court was going to take up this case, the case didn’t make the cut; for now.

Things could change if SCOTUS decides to take up other cases involving the NSA’s surveillance programs, but some believe that justices want the circuit courts to deal with the matter before they have the chance to deal with it.


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