Feds Push Judge To Nix ACLU Challenge To Spy Program

Law360, New York (July 19, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government urged a New York federal judge on Thursday to reject an American Civil Liberties Union bid to block its sweeping collection of Verizon Communications Inc. subscriber records, saying the surveillance program plays an “important role” in its anti-terrorist strategy.

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys argued that the ACLU's challenge to its collection of “telephony metadata,” including the phone numbers of both parties to a call and the date, time and duration of each call, should be denied because the program is authorized by...
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