ACLU Looks To Block NSA's Phone Data 'Dragnet'

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EST) -- The American Civil Liberties Union urged a New York federal judge Friday to halt the National Security Agency's collection of telephone records, saying the vast "dragnet" violates the U.S. constitution.

Left unchecked by the courts, government snooping on phone records could expand into snooping of medical files and other sensitive personal information, ACLU lawyers told a U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III at a hearing in Manhattan.

"Never before has the government allowed a program of dragnet surveillance on Americans of this magnitude," lawyer Alexander...
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