Rights group challenges US phone surveillance

June 11, 2013 23:24

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 Constitution).

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