NSA reportedly collected data from calls and texts without authorization
The National Security Agency collected data in calls and text messages in the United States that it wasn’t authorized to gather, the second incident since 2015, a report on Wednesday said.
The collection of the data – which included numbers and time stamps of a call or text message, but not the conversations – was revealed months after the NSA said it had purged hundreds of millions of data it had compiled in another incident in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Pictured NSA operations room
The newspaper reviewed heavily redacted internal NSA documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit involving the surveillance program.
An ACLU lawyer said the documents show the program should be shut down.
“The NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records is too sweeping, the compliance problems too many, and evidence of the program’s value all but nonexistent,” said the ACLU’s Patrick Toomey. (Pictured left)
“There is no justification for leaving this surveillance power in the NSA’s hands.”
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