by Thomas Kika, International Business Times
Seven years after the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, the operation has been deemed unlawful by a federal court.
The ruling came down Wednesday from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which said that the program — which collected mass amounts of phone calls in the US without warrants — violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and, potentially, the US Constitution.
“I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,” Snowden said about the ruling in a tweet. “And yet that day has arrived.”
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