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that's two years after edward snowden exposed to the world that the u. s. government was secretly collecting phone records of americans a u. s. federal court on thursday ruling that program as a legal if ingram is a legal correspondent for reuters these are all democratic appointed judges by democratic president , and they said you know , did not go so far as to allow , phone records millions of americans , in all , the court's opinion stopped short of calling the national security agency's data collection program unconstitutional and it did not have a program to stop thursday's ruling comes at a delicate moment as section two fifteen of the patriot act at the heart of the controversy is set to expire on june first and lawmakers must decide whether to renew it modify it or let it lapse so this is going to sound lawmakers in washington scrambling to decide by the end of this month whether they want to pass a new law to allow the surveillance programs it along in a statement thursday the white house that the president wants to end the program and create an alternative which would allow the government to hold on to the collected data but in the senate republican majority leader mitch mcconnell disagrees and said nothing should change meanwhile the controversial program also getting challenged overseas where germany's government thursday moved to restrict cooperation between the n. s. a. and its german counterpart d. n. d. following revelations that germany's intelligence illegally helped american spying european officials and firms