Judge rules phone surveillance lawful

A federal judge ruled that the NSA phone surveillance program that snarfs up billions of calls made by Americans does not violate the privacy rights of Americans. This guys sounds really gung ho. Reuters: A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, calling it a "counter-punch" to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights. Friday's decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan diverged from a ruling by another judge this month that questioned the program's constitutionality, raising the prospect that the Supreme Court will need to resolve the issue. In a 54-page decision, Pauley dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit contending that the NSA collection of "bulk telephony metadata" violated the bar against warrantless searches under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The judge also referred often to the September 11, 2001 attacks,...(Read Full Post)

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