Push to stop NSA spying moves forward

A lawyer who sued the National Security Agency over its spy-on-Americans program that looks at millions of telephone calls – or more – has responded to a judge’s request for quick action on the dispute with an amended complaint.


Filed by attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, the complaint addresses concerns that had been raised by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.


Klayman originally had sued the NSA, Barack Obama, then-Attorney General Eric Holder and a long list of other federal officials after the spy program was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who spilled the beans on much of the government’s Big Brother tactics, then fled to Russia.


Plaintiffs in the case include Klayman, Charles and Mary Ann Strange, Michael Ferrari, Matt Garrison and J.J. Little and other defendants include NSA chief Keith Alexander, U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Roger Vinson, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA chief John Brennan, FBI chief James Comey, the Department of Justice, CIA and FBI.


Klayman’s case in late 2013 went before U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who ruled the situation “almost Orwellian” and said the spying likely was unconstitutional.


He stayed his finding, however, to allow the government to appeal, and it took the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals not quite two years to rule. They reversed Leon’s finding and sent it back to his court for discovery.


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