US judge rules NSA phone surveillance program is legal

A United States federal judge said Friday that the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk phone data collection program isn’t against the law.

That ruling came courtesy of US District Judge William Pauley, who decided in favor of the NSA and the American government early Friday in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Reuters reports that Judge Pauley admitted in a decision penned in the Southern District of New York court that the NSA “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States,” but that no evidence exists that the spy agency abuses this program to spy on people without terroristic ties.

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