Meet Larry Klayman, the libertarian activist who could upend the NSA

The right wing litigant, who just beat the NSA in court, has a proclivity for suing the pants off everyone, including his own mother

Larry Klayman
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Larry Klayman, founder of the ethics watchdog groups Judicial Watch and, later, Freedom Watch, is no stranger to the government — and vice versa.

On Monday, a federal judge struck a legal blow to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, siding with Klayman by ruling that the program likely violated the Fourth Amendment. But this was far from Klayman's first legal fight. The conservative lawyer and activist has a very long, very litigious history of sparring with those in power, one that has earned him a reputation as something of a thorny crank inside Washington, D.C.

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