Politico posted an article about the lawsuit filed by the National office of the ACLU against the National Security Administration challenging their phone surveillance program and application of the Patriot Act. The ACLU claims the program violates Americans' constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.
The suit filed Tuesday argues that the phone-tracking system detailed in The Guardian violates freedom of speech and privacy rights, with the ACLU arguing on its own behalf as a Verizon customer. The group wants the National Security Agency’s surveillance program stopped and all its records to be purged.
The case is aimed at the Supreme Court, where it would pose a challenge to a 1979 ruling that found no expectation of privacy when sharing information with a third party and would build on some of the doubts the court expressed in 2012 about that decision’s relevance in the current technological era.