But David Greene, the civil liberties director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, countered he disagreed with Hoekstra on Snowden, but that the more important point was that the appeals judges ruled the National Security Agency had acted without congressional authority.
"This is not the first time we heard this," Greene said. He noted that the Patriot Act, which Congress passed in 2001 and is due for reauthorization next month, "did not intend to give the NSA the ability to do this type of mass, bulk surveillance of people who were not suspected of doing anything wrong."
"If you want to get mad at Snowden because now we all know about that, then go ahead," Greene said. "But the important thing is now that we know about it, now it's been subject to judicial review ... and it's been declared to be unlawful and unauthorized."