(Acclaimed News) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has urged the U.S. appeals court to immediately shut down the NSA’s illegal collection of domestic telephone records, arguing that the government is misinterpreting the Patriot Act.
In a statement to the press, Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the ACLU, said:
“This dragnet surveillance program should never have been launched, and it should certainly be terminated now. It’s a needless and unlawful intrusion into the privacy rights of millions of innocent Americans.
“The crucial fact … is that the language the government is relying on to collect call records now is precisely the same language this court has already concluded does not permit that surveillance.
“There is no sound reason to accord this language a different meaning now than the court accorded it in May.”
In June the NSA were given 6 months to shut down the collection program, when Congress passed the controversial USA Freedom Act.