Judges urge Congress to change the program.
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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.