The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that the government may temporarily continue the bulk collection of Americans’ phone call records, thanks to the USA Freedom Act.  The court granted the government’s application for renewed authorization for the program, which had been based on Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act prior to the sunsetting of that provision on June 1, 2015.  The court found that even though the USA Freedom Act was designed in part to put an end to the government’s bulk collection of telephony metadata, Congress had clearly intended to reauthorize the program for six months to allow for an orderly transition to a new system.  And although the Second Circuit recently ruled that the metadata program was not actually authorized by Section 215, the FISC held that it was not bound by that court’s ruling and that, in any case, much of the Second Circuit’s reasoning had been superseded by the passage of the USA Freedom Act.