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N.Y. Judge Rules NSA Phone Surveillance Is Legal

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December 27, 2013 AT 8:34 AM
Federal judge William Pauley 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-Qaeda's terror network by connecting fragmented and fleeting communications. Pauley's decision contrasts with a ruling by U.S.