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Judge Says NSA Phone Surveillance Is Legal

Published on December 27, 2013
by Jacob Gershman

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s broad collection of U.S. phone-customer data is lawful, dismissing a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The decision by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III came just days after another federal judge, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, ruled that the NSA program “almost certainly” violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches.

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