Today a U.S. judge ruled that surveillance done by the National Security Agency of phone calls is considered a legal action. U.S. District Judge William Pauley stated that the collecting of phone records serves a valuable purpose in countering terrorism and the program “only works because it collects everything.” According to Reuters, the descision made by Pauley didn’t match another judge’s ruling that questioned the constitutionality of the program. The ruling by US district Court Judge Richard Leon had made it a possibility that the Supreme Court would have to resolve the issue.
Judge Pauley noted that his job was solely to discover if the program was lawful but he speculated that if unchecked, the program could be dangerous. However, he said, “But the question of whether that program should be conducted is for the other two coordinate branches of government to decide,” according to The Associated Press.
In his ruling, the judge referred to the events of 911 and noted how a surveillance program could prevent that history from repeating by allowing investigators access to all the information, giving them the ability to connect smaller dots earlier.
Several days ago, Edward Snowden, the man who first released information about the NSA surveillance program, released a message saying he feels like he’s accomplished his mission by allowing citizens to see the actions of the government.