NY judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

December 27, 2013, 11:44 am
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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge in New York City has ruled that a massive U.S. phone-tracking program is legal.
    
U.S. District Judge William Pauley issued the decision Friday. He says the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.
    
The ruling notes the terrorist attacks in 2001 and how the National Security Agency's phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect information before the attacks occurred.
    
The judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU did not immediately respond to a message for comment.

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