Gov't Can Deny ACLU Some Bulk Spying Orders, Judge Says

Law360, Chicago (October 6, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge handed the U.S. government a partial victory Monday in its bid to withhold from the American Civil Liberties Union secret court orders concerning the National Security Agency's gathering of phone and Internet data from civilians, ruling any programs beyond the bulk collection of phone records are off-limits.

In a 17-page order, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III granted partial summary judgment to the government in the ACLU's long-running Freedom of Information Act suit seeking to unmask the legal bases for surveillance tactics under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, finding that the very existence of...

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