U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley

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ACLU Goes To Court To Halt NSA Surveillance Programs

The U.S. government’s interpretation of its authority under the Patriot Act is so broad that it could justify mass collection of financial, health and even library records of innocent Americans without their knowledge, a civil liberties lawyer warned Friday at a hearing on a lawsuit challenging a federal phone-tracking program.