The National Security Agency surveillance saga continues, as the United States Justice Department attempts to block the most successful lawsuit levelled against its current surveillance of American citizens’ phone records. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations have been the cause of tension in a recent succession of conflicting court rulings that mark the first instances of a federal judge considering the NSA’s metadata collection program outside of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
District of Columbia Judge Richard J. Leon ordered the government to stop collecting the calling data of plaintiff attorney Larry Clayman. Clayman is demanding the government produces operational information on NSA surveillance practices as the court case proceeds to discovery. The Justice Department’s latest motion attempts to deflect Clayman’s demands on the grounds that “disclosure of such extraordinarily sensitive information” could damage national security.