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Another decision on legality of NSA mass surveillance

December 30, 2013

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Fderal District Judge William Pauley from New York has decided that the mass collection of telephone metadata by the NSA is legal. Judge Pauley ruled that the precedent laid down in Smith v. Maryland 1979 case is applicable to mass surveilance by the NSA and that the terrorism threat after 2001 justifies such measure.

The ruling of Judge Pauley is in contradiction to the recent ruling of another Federal District Judge Richard Leon of the District of Columbia. Such contardiction may be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. At least two other cases concerning NSA surveillance are pending the Federal District Court of North California.

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