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Court Rules That NSA Phone Spying Was Wrong and Illegal

Judges urge Congress to change the program.

Photo by Flickr user Susanne Nilsson.

Thanks to the actions of Edward Snowden, a US appeals court handed down a decision today declaring the NSA’s mass telephone metadata collection illegal (unfortunately, there’s not a single word of the 97-page decision devoted to chastising the NSA for its surveillance of your dick pics). The three-judge panel, based in New York, urged Congress to reconsider the application of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which national security agencies have interpreted broadly to justify the data collection. They didn’t, however, end the program, instead deferring to the discretion of Congress.

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Image courtesy of Postmasters Gallery.

Forlorn New Yorkers who didn’t get a chance to see the famous Edward Snowden statue that went up in a Fort Greene Park war memorial before police dismantled it will now be able to view the piece of guerilla art at Brooklyn’s The Boiler gallery. The 100-pound bust, which was released from police custody on Wednesday, will be part of SEVEN: Anonymity, No Longer an Option, an annual collaborative exhibition featuring works from seven New York and London galleries. The artists released a statement yesterday following the statue’s release:

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Illegal Edward Snowden Statue Replaced With Hologram Monument

An Edward Snowden tribute grows in Brooklyn.

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was the recipient of not one, but two artistic tributes in Brooklyn this week.

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