US constitution vs PRISM

An appeals court in the US will hear whether a criminal defendant had his constitutional rights violated by the NSA's PRISM programme later today.

Mohamed Mohamud, a naturalised Somali-American, was convicted in 2013 of taking part in the 2010 Portland car bomb plot. His lawyers have argued Mohamud was entrapped as he would not have attempted to remotely activate the dummy explosive without the actions of FBI operatives.

Today the case of US v Mohamud, being heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, will determine whether it is constitutionally permitted for the US government to retain and access communications content belonging to Americans, as per requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) section (s702) of the PATRIOT Act. ®

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