NEW YORK (AP) — Civil libertarians have begun an appeal of a decision by a federal judge in New York City that found the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records is legal.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed the one-page notice of appeal Thursday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The judge’s decision last week concluded that the NSA program was a necessary extension of security measures taken after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
An earlier ruling by another federal judge had granted a preliminary injunction against collecting the phone records of two people who had challenged the program.
There was no immediate response from lawyers for the government.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)