Skip to comments.N.S.A. Phone Surveillance Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules
Posted on 12/27/2013 2:17:39 PM PST by lbryce
A federal judge in New York on Friday ruled that the National Security Agencys program that is systematically keeping phone records of all Americans is lawful, creating a conflict among lower courts and increasing the likelihood that the issue will be resolved by the Supreme Court.
In the ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granted a motion filed by the federal government to dismiss a challenge to the program brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had tried to halt the program.
Judge Pauley said that protections under the Fourth Amendment do not apply to records held by third parties, like phone companies.
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