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Edward Snowden

Judge allows warrantless evidence in Denver-area terror case

The National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance programs have the potential for abuse but did not violate the constitutional rights of a suspect in a Denver-area terror case who argued that government spying has gone too far, a federal judge ruled.

Warrantless wiretaps were used appropriately in the case of Jamshid Muhtorov, who was accused in 2012 of providing material support to an Uzbek terrorist organization active in Afghanistan, Senior U.S. District Judge John Kane said in his Thursday ruling. The evidence against Muhtorov consists largely of phone calls and Internet communications.

The case touches on concerns raised by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...