Arguing that “even one day of a constitutional violation is one day too much,” attorney Larry Klayman is appealing an federal appeals court’s decision to allow the National Security Agency to continue compiling his telephone records under the USA Patriot Act.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who has described the metadata collection as “almost Orwellian,” ordered a halt to it Nov. 9. But on Monday a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed the decision while the Obama administration prepared an appeal.
Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, is asking the full court to lift the stay.
Klayman said the case affects not only the plaintiffs – himself, J.J. Little and J.J. Little & Associates – but “all Americans who have been subjected to the massive, unbridled surveillance by the National Security Agency … without probable cause, and who thus have no connection to terrorists or terrorism.”