You had to know it was coming eventually. The biggest government scandal in recent memory? There has to be a lawsuit.

And now there is. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the U.S., with defendants including Director of Intelligence James Clapper and Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) broad collection of phone data, a secret government program that was revealed last week. The ACLU claims that the NSA violated its constitutional rights by collecting metadata from its phone calls through Verizon Communications Inc.’s Verizon Business Network Services.

The ACLU wants a court order that dubs the collection program in violation of federal foreign intelligence surveillance law and for the court to require the government to destroy the records it already collected and stop collecting any more. The organization is also seeking search-and-seizure and free speech protection.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.


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