Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Bulk Data Collection Program is Illegal

This finding shouldn’t surprise anyone. A federal appeals court ruled today the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of millions of Americans’ phone records isn’t authorized by the Patriot Act, as the Bush and Obama administrations have long maintained.

The NSA has used the Patriot Act to justify collecting records of nearly every call made in the U.S. and entering them into a database to search for possible contacts among terrorism suspects. ”The text of (Section 215) cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and … does not authorize the telephone metadata program,’’ the court wrote.

Details may be found in an article at http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/federal-appeals-court-rules-nsa-spying-illegal-20150507.

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