NSA phone surveillance not authorized

Daily News Article - May 8, 2015


1. What argument did the ACLU use to challenge the NSA’s surveillance program of all phone records?

2. On what grounds did U.S. District Judge William Pauley originally dismiss the ACLU lawsuit?

3. For what reasons did the appeals court say the lower court judge erred in dismissing the ACLU’s lawsuit? Be specific - what did the court say?

4. What did the circuit court’s ruling not settle?

5. What happens next?

6. Judge Lynch wrote: “Perhaps such a contraction is required by national security needs in the face of the dangers of contemporary domestic and international terrorism, but we would expect such a momentous decision to be preceded by substantial debate, and expressed in unmistakable language. There is no evidence of such a debate."
a) Do you agree with Judge Lynch’s reasoning? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question.