Federal Court: NSA mass phone surveillance ruled illegal

A government petitions court has ordered the NSA’s mass collection of huge number of United States’ telephone records is illegitimate. The system was uncovered by Edward Snowden, National Security Agency informant; the ACLU appealed its claim construct to mainly on Snowden’s disclosures.

A panel consisting three-judges of the American Circuit Court in New York passed an order on Thursday that the mass gathering of information (being exposed by Edward Snowden’s disclosures earlier) was not legal beneath federal law roof, containing the American Patriot Act, as reported by NPR.org.

Forbes published an interview of Snowden with livestream, Mr. Snowden stated, “The importance of it in the U.S. legal community — the policy community — can’t be overstated. This decision will not affect only the phone metadata program. It will affect every other mass surveillance program in the U.S. going forward.”

The writer who initially exposed the phone spying news with Snowden’s data, Glenn GreenWald, tweeted, “Maybe someone who reveals a secret program that multiple federal judges say is ILLEGAL is a whistleblower who deserves gratitude—not prison.”


In a statement, Stephen Khon (National Whistleblower center director), “[w]hether you supported or opposed Edward Snowden’s disclosure of this massive privacy violation committed by the NSA, the court’s ruling today demonstrates the importance of whistleblowing.”

A spokesman from National Security Council, Ned Price said, “Mr. Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States. He should return to the US as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections.”

Snowden emphasized the effect that the data he spilled to Glenn Greenwald and different writers has had on the court’s capacity to react to check government observation.

Snowden said to livestream, “What’s extraordinary about this is the fact that in 2013 before the leaks, the same issues had been tried to be reviewed by the courts. Another NGO called Amnesty International brought the same challenge against the same individual. They threw it out of court because Amnesty could not prove it had been spied upon.”

He added, “It is extraordinarily encouraging to see the courts are beginning to change their thinking to say ‘if Congress will not pass reasonable laws, if the executive will not act as a responsible steward of liberty and rights in how they execute the laws, it falls to the courts to say this has gone too far.”

So, its time to say THANK YOU to Snowden – isn’t it?

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Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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