The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion on Tuesday urging the Second Circuit to issue an injunction halting the National Security Agency’s program scooping up millions of Americans’ telephone data.

“This dragnet surveillance program should never have been launched, and it should certainly be terminated now,” the group’s legal director, Jameel Jaffer, said in a statement.

“Not even the government contends anymore that the program has been effective, and the Second Circuit has already concluded that the program is illegal,” Jaffer continued.

On May 7, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Section 215 of the Patriot Act did not authorize the NSA’s telephone-data collection program, as the government had long insisted.

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