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    ACLU Sues Over NSA Surveillance

    Washington, UNITED STATES:  Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attends a press conference for German national Khaled El-Masri 29 November, 2006 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. El-Masri, an unemployed car salesman of Lebanese origin and father of five, sued the Central Intelligence Agency in December 2005, charging that he was seized from his hotel in 2004 during a visit to Macedonia and taken to a US-run prison in Afghanistan, where he was beaten and released after five months in captivity without charges. He wants the US government to apologize and wants 75,000 dollars in damages. A lower US court rejected his complaint in May, citing the need to preserve state secrets. The US government argued that the CIA could not address the charges without damaging national security.  AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER  (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Tuesday aimed at stopping the Obama administration from collecting large swaths of telephone data through the National Security Agency. The ACLU contends that the program, which was brought to light by whistleblower Edward Snowden, is illegal and gives the government “a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations." Filed in New York, the lawsuit could make its way to the Supreme Court. Previous attempts to stop the government from dragnet-style information gathering have failed because plaintiffs couldn't prove they were affected. However, the ACLU is a customer of Verizon, which has been implicated in the scandal.

    Seeks to halt collection of phone records.

    An ACLU spokesman explained to Fox News why the organization chose to file this lawsuit.

    Read it at The New York Times