Supreme Court rejects challenge to NSA telephone surveillance -- for now

The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a challenge to the Obama administration’s spying practices, leaving intact an order that required Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to turn over records of its customers’ domestic phone calls.

The justices today said they won’t hear arguments from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which argued that a national-security court exceeded its authority by ordering Verizon to provide the call data.

The case represented the Supreme Court’s first opportunity to review the surveillance program since former government contractor Edward Snowden began releasing information about the extent of data and communications swept up by the National Security Agency.