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District Court ruling in ACLU v Clapper

Judge William Paley’s opinion and order of 27 December 2013 holds that the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic phone metadata is lawful under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Fourth Amendment, granting the government’s motion to dismiss a case brought by the ACLU.

Payley’s ruling in the Southern District of New York conflicts with a recent decision of Judge Richard J. Leon in the District of Columbia, increasing the likelihood that the US Supreme Court will be called upon to adjudicate the issue. The ACLU plans to appeal the ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals: see the ACLU article, ALCU v Clapper – Challenge to NSA Mass Call-Tracking Program, 27 December 2013.

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