The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled on a National Security Agency surveillance program, The Washington Post reports. The program allows the NSA to gather communication data without a warrant. The appeals court ruled the collection, which takes places under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, is lawful; however, searching through the data raises "important Fourth Amendment implications." The court ruled, "If such a vast body of information is simply stored in a database, available for review by request from domestic law enforcement agencies solely on the speculative possibility that evidence of interest to agents investigating a particular individual might be found there, the program begins to look more like a dragnet, and a query more like a general warrant." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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