Amie Stepanovich of EPIC.org writes:
On June 5, we learned that, since 2006, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had continually compelled the ongoing disclosure of information pertaining to telephone calls traversing the United States to the National Security Agency. The program was justified under section 215 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act. Upon discovery of the mass surveillance program, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus with the Supreme Court. EPIC’s Petition argued that the program was unlawful under the statutory language that requires that information be “relevant to an authorized investigation.”
However, for other reasons the program is also unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment and should be discontinued immediately.
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