The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union say in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday that the program violates First Amendment rights of free speech and association. It also alleges the program violates Fourth Amendment rights to privacy.
The lawsuit additionally alleges the government's program exceeds Congress' authority.
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer says the program is the same as requiring Americans to give the government a "daily report" of their activities and conversations.
President Barack Obama has defended the program and says privacy must be balanced with security.
More Nation & World Headlines
Brussels to stay on highest threat alert into Monday Experts foresee big premium increases for Medicare drug plan As crime rises in Los Angeles, police, community take action Told he must go, Syria’s Assad may outlast Obama in office Mali hotel attack aimed at peace talks, say separatists After the snow, Midwest gets deep freeze Trump says he saw people celebrating 9/11 in Jersey City Endangered white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.