The latest developments on the ongoing NSA surveillance scandal and its fallout:The Guardian’s John Stanton reports on the latest developments from the NSA’s domestic surveillance operation, which spied on a wide range of Americans’ phone records in violation of federal laws and federal court orders, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
The documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show that the National Security Agency collected data on more than 50 million Americans’ telephone records, including phone numbers, duration, duration in minutes, and length of calls, and collected emails and other communications.
In addition to collecting records from the phone companies, the NSA also collected the content of emails and messages, as well as browsing history and browsing history of the computers of the targeted individuals.
While the bulk of the phone records collection was conducted under the Patriot Act, the records also covered Internet use.
The NSA also accessed the Internet through a different program, called PRISM, which collects the content and data of Internet communications.
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