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Data collection is not going to stop anytime soon: Analyst says

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Data collection by the US National Security Agency is not going to stop "anytime soon,” an analyst says, referring to an order by a US federal judge who has called the move unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard J. Leon of Washington ordered the NSA Monday to bring to a halt the spying program that he called an “astounding” and “unparalleled” example of dragnet surveillance.

Speaking to Press TV on Tuesday, Solomon Comissiong, author and social activist based in Washington, said he is not "optimistic that it’s going to stop anytime soon.”

Instead of the American nation's best interest, Comissiong argued that "the US government has been continually working in the interest of imperialism and global domination."

He added that ending the notorious program, if it happens, will be like a "leaky faucet; it will drip, drip, drip and will be a slow change."

The political commentator encouraged Americans to demand an end to data collection by "getting out on the street," to hold protests.

Comissiong argued that data collection is the “polar opposite” of what you expect to see in a democratic society, further questioning the US establishment's democracy.

He further concluded that, “if people start to get on board, I’d be very optimistic that change can come about in a much more swift and quick manner.”

The NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Americans and foreign nationals as well as political leaders around the world.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden initially disclosed the extent of the agency’s spying activities in June 2013.

The metadata collection program has been the most controversial aspect of the NSA's surveillance revealed in documents from Snowden. Civil liberties proponents have claimed that the program is illegal and should end.

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