The court agrees with the author of the legislation (sensenbrenner).
While Edward Snowden may be legally charged for treason in the US (even as he gets his own statue in Berlin), his contributions to US civil rights just got a huge validation by none other than the Federal appeals court which ruled moments ago that 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.
It would appear America’s transformation into a “Big Brother” police state is not endorsed by every branch of the government after all.
As the WSJ reports, the ruling by the three-judge panel in New York “comes at a delicate point in the national debate over government surveillance, as Section 215 of the Patriot Act is due to expire next month and lawmakers are haggling about whether to renew it, modify it, or let it die.” …
Ironically, the court declined to address the issue of whether the program violates Americans’ rights, because, they found, it was never properly authorized by existing law….
But before anyone gets concerned that all their data will no longer be “backed up” by the NSA, fear not: the judges didn’t order the collection to stop, noting that the legislative debate and the looming expiration of Section 215 will force action on the issue one way or another….