The Washington Post reports that in a “strongly worded report to be issued Thursday,” the U.S. government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board concludes “that the National Security Agency’s long-running program to collect billions of Americans’ phone records is illegal and should end.” The Post says the board singles out Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, saying it “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.” Surveillance critics have contended that President Obama deliberately tried to preempt the oversight board’s findings by delivering a speech last week largely defending NSA surveillance. – Sirota