Federal judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

In a surprise ruling, a New York judge has ruled that the NSA’s surveillance program is legal, because it proves Al-Qaeda a ‘counterpunch’.  The name Al-Qaeda was a name created by the CIA that means ‘database’ – in this case, database of radicals.  Is much of the conspiracy theory purported by the US government (The Muslims are coming) largely caused by a growing American incompetence to deal with foreign cultures?

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is legal, a valuable tool in the nation’s arsenal to fight terrorism that “only works because it collects everything.”

U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in a written opinion that the program lets the government connect fragmented and fleeting communications and “represents the government’s counter-punch” to the al-Qaida’s terror network’s use of technology to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely.

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“This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Pauley said. “The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.”

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