NEW YORK - In a Dec. 27 order, a New York federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the bulk telephony metadata collection activities of the National Security Administration (NSA), finding that it was precluded under the statutory scheme of the USA Patriot Act, while finding that the agency's activities did not violate the Fourth or First Amendments to the U.S. Constitution (American Civil Liberties Union, et al. v. James R. Clapper, et al., No. 13-3994, S.D. N.Y.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180863).