TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 7, 2015

A federal appeals court today found that a National Security Agency (NSA) program that sweeps up logs of Americans’ phone calls is illegal because it exceeds the scope of what Congress authorized under the USA Patriot Act. It stopped short, however, of finding the program unconstitutional, USA Today reports. The court also did not order an immediate halt to the program, deferring to lawmakers. “In light of the asserted national security interests at stake, we deem it prudent to pause to allow an opportunity for debate in Congress that may (or may not) profoundly alter the legal landscape,” the court wrote.