NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union said it sued
top US government officials on Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of
the National Security Agency's telephone surveillance program, saying it
violates rights to free speech and privacy.
The suit by the ACLU in US
District Court for the Southern District of New York names James Clapper, the
director of national intelligence, and the leaders of the NSA, the Defense
Department, the Justice Department and the FBI.
The suit challenges a
program that "vacuums up information about every phone call placed within, from,
or to the United States," arguing that it violates First Amendment rights of
free speech and the right of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment (of the