Judge Rejects Challenge To U.S. Eavesdropping

A federal judge in New York has rejected a challenge to a law allowing the United States to eavesdrop on overseas conversations.

He says U.S. residents who fear surveillance could not show they were harmed.

Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan upheld the latest version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was amended in 2008. It authorizes surveillance of non-U.S. citizens outside the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information.

The law was challenged by attorneys, journalists and organizations in the U.S. whose work causes them to speak with people and organizations they believe are likely targets of surveillance allowed by the law.

Koeltl says the mere fear of surveillance was not enough to bring a lawsuit.

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