PORTLAND, OREGON (Worthy News)– U.S. District Judge Garr King denied a man's motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction saying the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data under U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was legal.
The program also sweeps up information about U.S. citizens who have contact with overseas suspects. This type of surveillance played a key role in this case.
Lawyers for Mohamed Mohamud, a U.S. citizen who lived in Oregon, tried to show the program violated his constitutional rights and was more broadly unconstitutional.
Mohamud was convicted last year of attempting to detonate a bomb at Portland’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in 2010. The purported plot was actually an FBI sting, and the bomb was a fake. — Source
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