by Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze
A decision by a federal appeals court that the government went too far by collecting phone data on millions of Americans has emboldened members of Congress who are seeking to end that program once and for all.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that the program goes beyond what Congress authorized. The existence of the program was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the decision that it may violate the law led some to renew their calls to scale it back.
“The dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records is unnecessary and ineffective, and now a federal appellate court has found that the program is illegal,” Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a joint statement.
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