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December 16th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

NSA surveillance dealt judicial setback

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is inviting some of the country's most prominent tech gurus to the White House Tuesday for their input on the controversial NSA surveillance programs, sources tell CNN.

They include Tim Cook of Apple and Eric Schmidt of Google, along with executives from Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, and others. Many of them have expressed serious concerns about the scope of the programs.

In the aftermath of the U.S. intelligence leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, nothing really changed. Snowden revealed a massive web that collects data on American citizens, and the response from Obama, many prominent lawmakers on both sides, and much of the American public, was a shrug.

But Monday may have brought the first real blow to the NSA's massive reach.

A federal judge ruled that the program that collects information on calls to, from, or inside the U.S. probably violates the constitutional ban on unreasonable searches.

That doesn't mean it stops today.

The judge also put a hold on the decision to allow for a government appeal. In the long run, the ruling may apply only to the plaintiffs who originally brought the case.

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project Ben Wizner discuss.

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