A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge’s ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has since been amended by Congress. Leon, in a strongly worded December 2013 decision, ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone records likely violated the U.S. Constitution, but he delayed the injunction pending an appeal by the NSA and Department of Justice.
The court sent the case back for a judge to determine what further details about the program the government must provide.
But the appellate panel said the case should not proceed because the plaintiffs – activist Larry Klayman and the parents of an NSA employee killed in Afghanistan – failed to show they had been targeted for surveillance as part of the programme.
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“The burden on plaintiffs seeking a preliminary injunction is high”, Judge Janice Roger Brown noted in an accompanying opinion.
This court decision’s importance really isn’t as critical as it would have been before the recent legislation passed in Congress, as today’s ruling is more procedural and doesn’t touch on the program’s constitutionality.
This court did not make its decision on Constitutional terms; instead, it ruled that the plaintiffs did not have standing to receive a preliminary injunction. The panel did not rule directly on the legality of the program. The new system will narrow the scope of data collected by relying on phone companies to hold the data and requiring the NSA to seek court orders to obtain it.
Judge David Sentell went further, declaring that the challengers “have not demonstrated that they suffer injury from the government’s collection of records” and urging that the case be dismissed.
In June 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the massive phone record collection program.
An opposing federal appeals court also declared the NSA program illegal this year, setting up a split with the D.C. Circuit. But two other judges said the underlying question about the privacy claims can should be tried at court. In response, the government has said it reviews only a tiny fraction of the information it collects.