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“The government has a legitimate interest in tracking the associations of suspected terrorists, but tracking those associations does not require the government to subject every citizen to permanent surveillance,” Jameel Jaffer, ACLU deputy legal director, said in a release. “Further, as the president’s own review panel recently observed, there’s no evidence that this dragnet program was essential to preventing any terrorist attack. We categorically reject the notion that the threat of terrorism requires citizens of democratic countries to surrender the freedoms that make democracies worth defending.”The ACLU expects the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to set an expedited briefing schedule and hear oral arguments in the spring.

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