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Appeals court hears challenge to use of NSA data in criminal cases

Appeals court hears challenge to use of NSA data in criminal cases

Federal prosecutors defended Wednesday their use of information gathered by the NSA to pursue a domestic terrorism suspect, in a first-of-its-kind case that requires U.S. appeals judges to weigh how the fruits of a pair of surveillance programs can be used in criminal cases.

The appeal was brought by Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a U.S. citizen originally from Somalia who was convicted in a plot supervised by undercover government agents to bomb a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. He is serving a 30-year sentence for the crime.

The question is whether data from foreigners' email accounts and other online communication tools that the eavesdropping agency...

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