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NSA Surveillance Program Challenge Dismissed Again (2)

Feb. 5, 2019, 8:31 PM; Updated: Feb. 6, 2019, 12:42 AM

A Pittsburgh-area lawyer’s challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk surveillance program has again been tossed out of federal court.

The program, known as PRISM, “has not been shown to be the dragnet-type collection mechanism suggested,” Judge Cathy Bissoon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Feb. 4.

“There really is not much more to be said,” Bissoon wrote, dismissing plaintiff Edward Schuchardt’s claims.

Schuchardt claimed the federal government had intercepted his digital communications through a nationwide email dragnet. Bissoon first dismissed the case in September 2015.

Schuchardt appealed that decision to the U.S. Court...

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