Friday, May 8, 2015

New York Appeals Court Slams NSA Spying In Ruling Labeling It Illegal

National Security Agency (NSA)

New York's Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the National Security Agency's blanket spying on Americans, stating the Patriot Act did not allow the agency to engage in said misconduct. Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, bravely exposed the agency's lawbreaking in indiscriminately spying on Americans.

This confirms what the site previously stated several years ago regarding illegal spying at the NSA and FBI (
Judge Rules The NSA Illegally Spied On Americans Confirming The Site's Previous Claims (Video) and NSA Workers Admit To Reading The Emails And Listening To The Calls Of Americans In Violation Of The Law).


NSA's phone spying program ruled illegal by appeals court

A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans' phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to quickly decide whether to replace or end the controversial anti-terrorism surveillance. Ruling on a program revealed by former government security contractor Edward Snowden, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the Patriot Act did not authorize the National Security Agency to collect Americans' calling records in bulk.

Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch wrote for a three-judge panel that Section 215, which addresses the FBI's ability to gather business records, could not be interpreted to have permitted the NSA to collect a "staggering" amount of phone records, contrary to claims by the Bush and Obama administrations.

"Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans," Lynch wrote in a 97-page decision. "We would expect such a momentous decision to be preceded by substantial debate, and expressed in unmistakable language. There is no evidence of such a debate."

The appeals court did not rule on whether the surveillance violated the U.S. Constitution. It also declined to halt the program, noting that parts of the Patriot Act including Section 215 expire on June 1. Lynch said it was "prudent" to give Congress a chance to decide what surveillance is permissible, given the national security interests at stake.