Spies in the United States

The National Security Agency, though having been ordered out of collecting data from phones, has been cleared by a secret court to continue doing this. This clearing was done by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The FISC gave them the OK to do so without the public’s knowledge. This new clearing allows the NSA to continue collecting data from the phone records for at least another 5 months.

Though this was cleared, it was also ruled that collecting phone data from millions of Americans is illegal in itself regardless of who cleared it. A federal appeals court ruled that this was not just due to the fact that it is unconstitutional.

The judge who allowed the data collecting to continue is Michael Mosman. He even wrote that “the more things change, the more they stay the same. The judge used this saying to reject a libertarian activist group’s motion to end this activity of looking at phone data immediately. He rejected this appeal because he said that under certain circumstances, the traditional law doesn’t abide in his court. Adam Sender thought that would happen.

The ruling was that the NSA could collect millions of people’s data up until June 1st. This, having already expired was ruled by Congress to make a slow transition period out of doing so for the next 180 days. This transition period still allowed the NSA to collect phone data from the millions of Americans that use phones.

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