Appeals court rules NSA spying program illegal but upholds terror convictions – HEDGE accordingly

SAN DIEGO — A federal appeals court on Wednesday handed down a long-anticipated opinion in the case of four Somali men convicted of aiding terrorists, ruling that the government illegally collected the telephone metadata of millions of Americans as part of a sweeping surveillance program.Even so, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of the four men, ruling that the warrantless intelligence-gathering program did not taint the evidence presented during the San Diego prosecution.The spying program was discontinued in 2015 after being roiled in debate.The opinion, by a thre…

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