National Security Concerns Halt NSA 'Dragnet' Suit

Law360 (April 26, 2019, 7:39 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has dismissed a long-running proposed class action over the National Security Agency's alleged unlawful mass surveillance of millions of Americans, saying the challengers couldn't show any injury and that there was no way to move forward with the case without risking national security.

There wasn't enough reliable public evidence to show the plaintiffs had suffered any legal injury from being caught up in an alleged post-9/11 NSA "dragnet" pulling in data and metadata from millions of U.S. internet and phone users, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White ruled Thursday, granting summary judgment to the government.

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