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[December 16, 2013]

Morgan Drexen Commends Federal Judge Ruling on Phone Data Collection as "Likely Unconstitutional"

(GlobeNewswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a show of support for the constitutional protection of privacy, Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems (http://www.morgandrexen.com) today commended a federal judicial ruling that clearly expressed the view that the NSA program of the wholesale collection of bulk U.S. citizen phone data was likely "unconstitutional." In a terse comment on the NSA data collection, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said, "I cannot imagine a more indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval." "What this boils down to is the question of whether it is unconstitutional to simply gather copious amounts of data from U.S. citizens without their knowledge or permission," said Morgan Drexen CEO, Walter Ledda. "We absolutely commend Judge Leon for his stand against the invasion of personal privacy." Ledda pointed to Judge Leon's comments on page 43 of the ruling which said, "The threshold issue that I must address, then, is whether plaintiffs have a reasonable expectation of privacy that is violated when the Government indiscriminately collects their telephony metadata along with the metadata of hundreds of millions of other citizens without any particularized suspicion of wrongdoing" as a fundamental breach of our constitutional rights.


Ledda added, "At Morgan Drexen, we assist the legal community in their day-to-day operations and that often requires the processing of confidential information which we never want to see compromised by the unconstitutional actions of any of our governmental agencies." In today's ruling, Judge Leon also dismissed the government's claim that mining for citizen data was necessary to thwart terrorist plots writing "The Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA's bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the Government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature." About Morgan Drexen Morgan Drexen (www.morgandrexen.com) provides integrated software systems and administrative support services to businesses and attorneys nationwide. Morgan Drexen's proprietary MDIS software improves workflow through the use of automated document management. In addition to computer technology, Morgan Drexen provides businesses with marketing, marketing support, call centers, outsourced litigation support, databases, work-product retrieval systems and cloud-computing platforms facilitated by the company's outsourced support staff.

CONTACT: Joe Lizura Media Supervisor Joseph.Lizura@mdrexen.com 800-868-1458 ext. 523 Source: Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems 2013 GlobeNewswire, Inc.

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