New York, NY: A federal judge rules National Security Agency phone surveillance legal.
A federal judge in New York, New York ruled on Friday that the bulk collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States from the National Security Agency phone surveillance program was legal.
In his ruling, United States District Judge William Pauley said that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act was legal.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, are saying that it would appeal United States District Judge William Pauley’s ruling.
According to American Civil Liberties Union’s Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer, “We are extremely disappointed with this decision, which misinterprets the relevant statutes, understates the privacy implications of the government’s surveillance and misapplies a narrow and outdated precedent to read away core constitutional protections.”
This ruling contrasts from another ruling by a federal judge in Washington, District of Columbia who called the National Security Agency phone surveillance likely unconstitutional.
Back on Monday, December 16, 2013, a United States District Court Judge ruled that the National Security Agency phone surveillance program likely violated United States Constitution’s 4th Amendment.
According to United States District Court Judge Richard Leon, the National Security Agency’s controversial program appears to violate the United States Constitution’s 4th Amendment which states that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”
The program was revealed in classified leaks by Former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden in earlier 2013.
Both of these decisions are likely to lead to more rules and likely to head to the United States Supreme Court.
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