FISA Judge Says Patriot Act OKs Telephone Data Collection

Law360, Los Angeles (September 17, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge has decided the federal government is allowed to collect Americans' phone call information under the Patriot Act, despite public concerns over the secret surveillance program, according to a court opinion released Tuesday.

In the partially redacted ruling, Judge Claire Eagan said she was mindful of recent disclosures made about the National Security Agency's recently leaked domestic phone records collection program but was nonetheless reauthorizing it for three months.

The program has garnered public attention following information released by former...
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