Reuters; November 18, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would not review a ruling by the secretive intelligence court that gave the government access to records kept by Verizon Communications Inc on millions of telephone calls.
The long-shot case was brought to the high court by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research organization. It was the first time the high-profile issue has come before the justices since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began in June to leak secret documents detailing American surveillance programs.
The NSA used records like those provided by Verizon as part of the spy agency’s counterterrorism surveillance activities.
The court rejected the case in a one-sentence order.
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