New Court Decision Calls NSA Surveillance Legal

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A federal court in New York ruled today that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is constitutional just a few weeks after a Washington District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the NSA program violates the constitutional ban on unreasonable search. District Court Judge William Pauley argues today that the program "represents the government's counter-punch" to take out al-Qaeda's terror network by connecting the dots in fleeting, random communications. Stephen Vladeck is a professor of law at American University.

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Stephen Vladeck - University of Texas at Austin - @steve_vladeck

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