Federal judge finds NSA phone surveillance is legal; ACLU 'very disappointed,' promises appeal

  • by: LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 4:40 PM

NEW YORK — The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

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