Feds Defend NSA Phone Record Dragnet From ACLU Suit

Law360, New York (August 27, 2013, 3:08 PM ET) -- The U.S. government pressed a federal judge on Monday to toss an American Civil Liberties Union suit challenging the National Security Agency’s mass collection of telecommunications subscriber data, saying the group’s interests are not threatened.

The government argued that the ACLU and several affiliates lacked Article III standing to challenge the collection of telephony metadata under the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to order the production of records for investigations into international terrorism....
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