Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NSA Program Rulings

Extensive coverage of the NSA surveillance story, from the Guardian, here. A very big media law story in 2013.

Two important and contradictory rulings in the past month bear on NSA surveillance of US citizens. 

In Klayman v. Obama, decided December 16, 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon found the NSA program "likely unconstitutional."

In ACLU v. Clapper, decided December 27, 2013,  U.S. District Judge William Pauley dismissed a lawsuit against the government, finding that the NSA program is subject to sufficient oversight under two branches of the government. The suits are very likely to end up in the appellate courts, and from there, possibly in the Supreme Court.

More coverage here from Adam Liptak of the New York Times. See this page (and associated pages) of the ACLU's site for documents in the Clapper case.

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