Background: a federal circuit judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs arguing that the PRISM program's collection of phone records is unconstitutional, but stayed his own order on the assumption the government is going to appeal--basically opting to kick the issue to a higher court given its high public profile and the nature of the legal issues involved.

Meanwhile, Obama is trying to quash this, arguing that national security interests should prevent any discussion of the NSA's operations in such a public forum as the regular civilian courts: