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May 8, 2015 11:36 am

Appellate Court Says NSA Spying Program is Illegal

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A federal court ruled that the collection of millions of Americans' phone records without a warrant is illegal. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Hill – A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

The sweeping decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday represents a major court victory for opponents of the NSA and comes just as Congress begins a fight over whether to renew the underlying law used to justify the program.

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