NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection
December 27th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection

By Evan Perez

The National Security Agency notched a much-needed win in court, after a series of setbacks over the legality and even the usefulness of its massive data collection program.

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal.

The ruling contrasts with another ruling last week by a federal judge in Washington, who called the same program "almost Orwellian" and likely unconstitutional.

In his ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said that while the NSA's program under Section 215 of the Patriot Act has become the center of controversy since it was revealed by leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it is legal.

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  1. Tfthuk Gdgkhk

    the (-N-I-G-G-E-R) s-e-c-u-r-i-t-y agency AKA (the great digital profit N-S-A)

    January 5, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  2. A

    So since the supreme court ruled that massive surveillance systems are legal that I as a citizen of the USA can create my own massive surveillance system?

    January 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  3. Jane Doe

    funny wrote some very passionate yet appropriate responses yet they weren't posted. STOP CENSORING THE PUBLIC!!!

    January 3, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply
  4. JT

    Our cell phones are tracking and collecting data on our every move and nobody cares.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  5. average joe

    Really people?!...doesn't take a fortune teller to predict that outcome... And yet even further we travel down the rabbit hole.

    December 30, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Good posting, average joe. Thank you.

      December 30, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  6. California

    YEAH AND THE NYT AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS AGAIN BLAMING THE VIDEO PROBABLY ALL FOR MRS. BENGHAZI (HILLARY) RUNNING IN 2016.

    December 29, 2013 at 11:13 am | Reply
  7. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    December 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  8. Mcshannon

    NSA security surveillance enhances our continuation of freedom first and foremost? When a privilege such as the internet, telephone or other means of communication are used for subversive activity in an era such we are now experiencing and that very activity can be used by the NSA to identify domestic and foreign threat is that not for the greater good and a plus for the existence of freedom?

    December 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  9. mark

    This political pud Pauley cranked his way up to the bench. He obviously doesn't know what's legal and what's not. He's got NSA's hand in the back of his head.

    December 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Judge Jean Boyd of Texas in Ft. Worth, TX

      Me and Judge William Pauley are like two peas in a pod. Neither of us believe in justice!!!

      December 28, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
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  11. Mark

    Well Billy boy, just remember that the crooked judges always get it in the end.

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  13. WERTWERT32452345

    Does this Judge William Pauley work for the M.I.C. in Washington? It appears that he's on the take like so many others. These days, you can no longer trust anyone in Washington or New York!

    December 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  14. George patton

    The right-wing thugs in Washington must be tickled pink over this court ruling! Now let them have another field day!!!

    December 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
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    • mark

      Would you please stop this nonsense? Go play with the other kids.

      December 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  16. Random

    all these opposing rulings that dont actually matter any more than the one they opose mean nothing. Wait for an actual answer

    December 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply

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