Gov't Says NSA Phone Spying Suit Should Be Tossed

By Brian Mahoney (August 19, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government on Monday asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge to dismiss one of three lawsuits filed by a former U.S. Department of Justice antitrust attorney who is challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's collection of phone and online data records.

Government attorneys asked the court to deny discovery and dismiss the final of Larry Klayman's three complaints challenging the NSA's controversial data collection tactics, according to a reply motion. The government said the complaint restates claims and allegations from Klayman's second-filed complaint "almost verbatim." 

Klayman's third suit "is a paradigmatic example of improper claim splitting: maintaining more...

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