The National Security Agency is defending itself in court this week. A US District Court judge in Washington, DC heard oral arguments in a case to put an end to some of the NSA's spying activities on Monday. The case covers the NSA's bulk telephone metadata collection program and its PRISM program, which is the collection of millions of Americans' Internet data. But the case doesn't just cover the constitutionality of the programs, but also whether or not the District Court can overrule the opinions of the top-secret FISA Courts that the NSA uses to get its warrants. On Thursday, the District Court in New York will hear another case, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which also challenges the FISA Court rulings on the phone metadata collection program of millions of Verizon customers. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied a third case, brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, that also challenged the collection of Verizon phone records. That case would have been the first to challenge the NSA in the nation's highest court. RT's Sam Sacks takes us through the three cases and other forms of backlash the NSA has been facing since former government contractor Edward Snowden began leaking information on NSA surveillance.
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Welcome to our surveillance state. Apparently even the USSSC is in the pockets of the NSA. Hopefully one of these cases will reach our highest court in the land.