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Judge says NSA program could be unconstitutional

The US government's formerly-secret program of collecting Americans' domestic phone communication records was ruled unconstitutional Monday by a federal court.

A federal judge said the National Security Agency's collection of such metadata was an apparent violation of privacy rights.

The judge said the surveillance program quote "infringes on 'that degree of privacy' that the founders enshrined in the 4th Amendment" of the constitution.

But the judge stayed enforcement of his order barring the government from collecting the phone metadata, pending a possible appeal by the government.

There's no word on whether the Obama administration plans to seek an appeal