Federal judge ruled that NSA surveillance is legal

  • A federal judge has ruled that the mass collection of telephone and Internet records by the National Security Agency is legal and important in order to beat terrorism. 

    The ruling by U.S. District Judge William Pauley increases the chances of the issue going to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

    Pauley noted that there is no evidence of the Government using the bulk collection of information for anything other than disrupting attacks by terrorists. "We are pleased with the decision," a Justice Department spokesman said. 

    The Deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which had brought a lawsuit, said the decision is disappointing. It "underestimates the privacy implications of the government's surveillance and misapplies a narrow and precedent to read away core constitutional protections," Jameel Jaffer said. 

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