Justice Department Fires Back on NSA Ruling

Government lawyers appeal a judge's decision finding NSA snooping was unconstitutional

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The Justice Department appealed a federal court decision Friday that threatens the National Security Agency’s program to collect data on almost every phone call made in the U.S., CNN reports.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled in December that the program disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was likely unconstitutional. Now, the Justice Department hopes another judge will overturn the decision.

A different federal judge has since ruled in a separate case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that the NSA’s data collection from phone conversations is legal. The ACLU is appealing the ruling.

The divisive topic will likely reach the Supreme Court in the next year.