“In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner,” Sanders said on his Facebook page.
A US federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the NSA mass phone surveillance program exceeded the scope of what the US Congress had authorized under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
“I worry very much about kids growing up in a society where they think ‘I’m not going to talk about this issue, read this book or explore this idea because someone may think I’m a terrorist.’ That is not the kind of free society I want for our children,” Sanders explained.
The 97-page court ruling says the laws that NSA applied as a basis for its bulk telephone metadata collection "have never been interpreted to authorize anything approaching the breadth of the sweeping surveillance at issue here."
The NSA used Section 215 of the so-called Patriot Act to justify the bulk collection of phone data of US citizens, revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 in a series of leaks.
US President Barack Obama believes that the bulk phone data collection by the NSA should be ended and an alternative mechanism has to be established, White House National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price told Sputnik on Thursday.
Price stressed that the Obama administration is working closely with members of the US Congress from both parties to reform NSA’s bulk phone data collection.