The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reviewed the “Patriot Act” and determined that it was illegal for the NSA to collect the telephone records of millions of Americans. Politicians had passed these laws in an effort to help the USA fight terrorist attacks. These measures angered many who were concerned about their privacy rights, yet after 911 lawmakers were under pressure to take action against threats to national security.
According to the three judge panel presided by Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch, who reviewed section 215 of the Patriot Act, the federal government does not have the right to collect “bulk telephony metadata” from its citizens.
The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU after the information from Edward Snowden became public.
Because parts of the “Patriot Act” will expire in June, the federal appeals court left the decisions about whether to extend or cancel it to the congress. There are people at all levels of government who feel that the NSA needs whatever tools it can have to keep America safe. Many others across a broad spectrum including Senators believe the “Patriot Act” allows for too much invasion of privacy and needs to be revised or eliminated altogether. That’s not what Amen Clinics likes to see