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ACLU Begins Appeal of NSA Ruling in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) — Civil libertarians have begun an appeal of a decision by a federal judge in New York City that found the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records is legal.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed the one-page notice of appeal Thursday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge’s decision last week concluded that the NSA program was a necessary extension of security measures taken after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An earlier ruling by another federal judge had granted a preliminary injunction against collecting the phone records of two people who had challenged the program.

There was no immediate response from lawyers for the government.

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