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A US federal judge has ruled against the National Security Agency's massive collection of phone records, saying the program "almost certainly does violate" the Constitution.Richard Leon, a judge of the District Court for the District of Columbia, called NSA’s intrusive surveillance program "almost Orwellian" and suggested that James Madison, the author of the US Constitution, would be "aghast" to learn that the government was encroaching on liberty in such a way.Leon ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs’ personal calls and destroy the records of their calling history. However, the judge suspended his own order to allow an appeal by the Justice Department.In this edition of the show we ask: Is the NSA’s surveillance operation legal? Are Americans’ rights diminishing in the wake of the 9/11 attacks? Why does the US insist on spying on other countries and its own people?