US Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Lawful

US Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Lawful

Via AFP:

A US judge ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's mass surveillance of telephone calls is lawful, igniting a legal conflict that the Supreme Court may ultimately have to resolve.

Federal judge William Pauley in New York threw out a petition from the American Civil Liberties Union and said the program was a vital tool to help prevent an Al-Qaeda terror attack on American soil.

Ten days earlier, however, a federal judge in Washington declared that this "almost Orwellian" surveillance is probably unconstitutional, laying the groundwork for a protracted legal fight.

"The questi...

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