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N.Y. judge rules NSA phone surveillance is legal

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 27, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.

NEW YORK — A federal judge Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.

In the ruling, the judge noted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and how the phone data-collection system could have helped investigators connect the dots before the attacks occurred.

Pauley's decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, who granted a preliminary injunction against the collecting of phone records of two men who had challenged the program. The Washington jurist said the program likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable search.

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HOTDEMN says... December 27, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

It took awhile but 1984 is now officially here.

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Fdworfe says... December 27, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Yee gads, I think we just made a giant stride into the 20th Century with Judge William Pauley. Let’s hope it holds. We could well be betting our life on it! All this righteous indignation about this and that kind of picky privacy that we don’t have, can’t have—and in fact have voluntarily given up long ago. Hey, we’re growing up; working with our government, not fighting it. It’s imperative to change, or we perish. It’s that simple. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas and all the rest? They’re delighted when we the indignant people give them free license to penetrate our flimsy defenses. It’s their full time job. If we had no such enemies, we wouldn’t need our intelligence services—at least not in this type of mortally defensive way. Let them do their jobs. And let’s quit pretending we’ve been offended that some automaton has sifted through our communications that we constantly flaunt before the whole world anyway! Truth is, most of us are flattered that someone takes even the slightest interest in what we think or say.

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TheBatt says... December 27, 2013 at 2:15 p.m.

Usefulness and convenience trumps the Constitution now? Then we might as well burn that founding document.

What a crock.

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SUPERDUTY says... December 27, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

Heck, they had all the dots back then and still could not connect them. That dang Constitution is now rolled up and is in the White House bathroom.

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