NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge
in New York has ruled that a massive federal
phone-tracking program is legal.
U.S. District Judge
William Pauley issued the decision Friday. He says the program "represents
the government's counter-punch" to eliminate al-Qaida's terror network by
connecting fragmented and fleeting communications.
In ruling, the judge
noted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and how the phone data-collection system
could have helped investigators connect the dots before the attacks occurred.
He says the government
learned from its mistake and "adapted to confront a new enemy: a terror
network capable of orchestrating attacks across the world." He said the
data-collection program was part of the adjustment.
He dismissed a lawsuit
brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU did not immediately
respond to a message for comment.
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