[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Friday that the National Security Agency's (NSA) [official website] PRISM [JURIST backgrounder] program, which includes massive collection of American citizens' telephone records, is legal. Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the program was permitted under Section 215 of the Patriot Act and the Fourth Amendment [LII backgrounders] because it served a legitimate, useful purpose. The opinion observed...

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