Antonin Scalia

Scalia Expects Supreme Court to Hear Cases on NSA Surveillance

But doesn't think the court is equipped to evaluate it


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says the courts will ultimately have to determine the legality of wiretapping by the National Security Agency.

And he's not sure that's a good thing.

Scalia addressed NSA wiretapping Wednesday in a speech to the Northern Virginia Technology Council when he was asked about technology companies' role in protecting customers' privacy when their data has been unconstitutionally collected.

Scalia said the high court originally ruled that there were no constitutional prohibitions on wiretaps because conversations were not explicitly granted privacy protection under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against Americans against unreasonable search and seizure of "their persons, houses, papers, and effects."