Federal Appeals Court Rules NSA Data Collection is Illegal

May 7, 2015   |   admintam

Annabelle Bamforth
May 7, 2015

(TRUTHINMEDIA) A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the indiscriminate collection of phone data, conducted quietly by the National Security Agency before it was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is illegal.

A three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s program broadly collecting phone records of Americans “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized.”

The ruling, written by Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch, states that the text of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which the government claimed authorizes bulk metadata collection, “cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and that it does not authorize the telephone metadata program.”

The text of the entire ruling is available here.

The ruling was written following an appeal from the plaintiffs, including the ACLU, who had filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the collection and claimed violation of privacy. The appeal followed a dismissal by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in December 2013.

The court’s decision avoided the issue regarding the program’s constitutionality.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1st; The House Judiciary Committee approved the USA Freedom Act on April 30th, which claims to end bulk data collection. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill earlier in April that would extend Section 215 for five more years.

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  2. I belive Mr. Snowden vilifieded his self. To expose how we are protecting our selves from other country is unpatriotic. To report a process that is illegal does not have to be by exposing how we are protecting ourselves. To lie cheat and steal is hardly patriotic.

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  3. Thanks for all you did Edward Snowden. You are one of the greatest American Heros of our day. Real Patriotic Americans everywhere are proud of what you did standing up to these crony capitalist and military industrial complex that is ruining America.

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  4. spying on US citizens isn't helping you from other countries it's not patriotic and you should be ashamed to even have the view that what he did is nothing but heroic.

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  5. What do you have to hide that's more important than the security of the people of the USA?

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  6. Other countries aren't attacking our Constitution. The federal government is.
    ANy politician who voted to spy on us is a traitor. They swore an oath to defend the Constitution, then they attack it. Wake up.

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  7. David Caitens Have you ever had a high level security clearence? If not then you don't know a damn thing about what this man violated. If one goes way out of his way even changing jobs to gather secrets when he had to swear he would protect them each time and he was lieing every time then taking these secret documents to give to foreign nations is far from heroic it is criminal. Why did he not go to his Senator and tell him/her about the violation? Do you or I know what what other sensitive information he has exposed, no we don't.

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  8. Tim Rogers How do you feel about the Valery Plame thing that the Vice President's man took the fall for why wern't those men put on trial for their actions? What was done by Cheney's minions and Mr. Snoden were the same violation. When you are trusted with secrets and conspire to give them to a foreign nation or expose an undercover operative and by extention all the people that that operative delt with it is a violation of our constitution. No your going to beleive a sleasy reporter who is making big bucks and a man with no honor and it all happened because our government wanted to lie to the nation so they could attack a foreign nation called Iraq. Here we are after the next administration, following the previous administrations agreements, gets out of a country we had no reason to invade and now is being blamed for it all including the total unrest for that part of the worlds troubles,

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  9. When some politician points a finger at Snowden and calls him a traitor then we need to question that person's motive; we need to question that person's allegiance.

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