Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Unconstitutional

White House says it will review decision against NSA program that collects data on phone calls.
3:00 | 12/17/13

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The we're going to move to washington now, and a major blow to the spy agency program that collects data on millions of our phone calls. A federal judge has ruled it's certainly unconstitutional. A decision that will spark more action in congress and confrontation at the supreme court. Abc's jon karl is at the white house with more. And the administration says they will review the decision. But their position has been, it's constitutional and keeps us safe. Reporter: The president himself has said point-blank, this program saves lives. He said, that no fewer than 50 terrorist plots have been broken up thanks to this program and a similar one that tracks internet traffic. But the judge seemed to take issue with that. Saying, there's an utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented by this program. And in stark language, he said it is clearly unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy. Saying, quote, I cannot imagine a more indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection of personal data. On virtually every, single citizen. Now, it's will certainly go to the supreme court. Reporter: That's right. And there are several other legal challenges to this law. They will all be brought together and go to the supreme court. But nobody doubts this will ultimately be decided by the supreme court. And quickly. A new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, showing the president is still stuck at some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency. Reporter: Asked who do you trust to handle the country's problems? The country is evenly divided between president obama and the republicans. That's a change from last year, where the president had a big advantage over republicans. Now, the country is saying, either one, about the same. It's been a rocky year for the president. Thanks very much.

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