NSA’s top defender wants Supreme Court to rule on metadata collection
Even some NSA proponents want to see its phone-record collection program tried in the Supreme Court. In a statement today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — a consistently strong supporter of the NSA's programs — said that she would welcome a Supreme Court review of the agency's collection of phone metadata so that there can be a definitive opinion on its legality. “I believe it is crucial to settling the issue once and for all,” Feinstein says. “Judge Leon’s opinion also differs from those of at least 15 separate federal district court judges who sit, or have sat, on the FISA Court and have reauthorized the program every 90 days — a total 35 times in all,” Feinstein says.
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