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NSA Data-Sweep Lawfulness Challenged in NY Appeal Hearing

The National Security Agency’s collection of phone records, challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union as an illegal government attempt to put millions of Americans under permanent surveillance, drew skeptical questions from a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel in New York heard arguments today in the ACLU’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that the program is legal. Stuart Delery, the Justice Department lawyer defending the collection of call data, faced skeptical questions from the judges, including one on whether the government can also collect people’s bank records.