Courts have already had a lot to say about the constitutionality of warrantless cell phone location tracking. And there is reason to believe the secret surveillance court might not consider important precedent.
An August decision by the secret surveillance court that reaffirmed the National Security Agency’s authority to maintain a database of phone metadata was released Tuesday, putting on full display for the first time the reasoning the court has used to authorize the program.
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A government program revealed in newly released documents uses border stops as a basis for invasive seizures and searches of electronics that would otherwise be much more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.