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NSA phone data mining is likely unconstitutional

This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.

This final note today, in which the NSA's program of hoovering up the meta data of the phone calls we all make gets a time out.

A federal judge ruled today the program -- and this is from the opinion -- surely infringes on the fourth amendment to the Constitution.

He ordered the government to stop collecting data on the two plaintiffs in the case -- which is the part that's getting the most attention.

All that said...

There are lengthy court proceedings ahead for the 68-page ruling.

Including a pretty good chance of a government appeal.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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