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Federal judge rules NSA metadata collection is lawful, dismissing ACLU case

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December 27, 2013
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“In a surprise ruling today, a federal judge dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit against the NSA’s metadata collection program, closing a major legal avenue for NSA reform. Handing down an unusually sweeping ruling, Judge William Pauley III ruled that the NSA’s phone record database was fully lawful under section 215 of the Patriot Act. Beyond that, the judge ruled, ‘the question of whether that program should be conducted is for the other two coordinate branches of Government to decide.’”

Source: Federal judge rules NSA metadata collection is lawful, dismissing ACLU case | The Verge