#NSA’s Bulk Collection Of Americans’ Phone Data Ruled Illegal

Posted: May 7, 2015 in Politics


The National Security Agency’s practice of collecting data about Americans’ telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The three-judge panel was asked to consider whether the program violated the Constitution. Instead, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel punted on the constitutional claim, deciding the program was simply not authorized by federal law.

One of the big reasons it is hard to discern congressional intent in this case, the court wrote, is because the bulk collection program has been shrouded in secrecy. So it cannot “reasonably be said” that Congress OK’d “a program of which many members of Congress — and all members of the public — were not aware.”

The court concludes that it has no qualms about taking this step because if Congress wants to “authorize such a far‐reaching and unprecedented program, it has every opportunity to do so, and to do so unambiguously.”

Full Story @ [NPR]

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