Will Congress tackle meaningful reform of Patriot Act?
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Putting domestic surveillance and national security in a historical context, a panel of federal judges this week said the bulk collection of telephone data by U.S. spy agencies is illegal.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said that Section 215 of the Patriot Act doesn’t authorize the government to gather Americans’ sensitive information on such a massive scale.
The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union in June 2013, immediately after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed the existence of the program. Continue reading