June 7, 2013 in Nation/World

Post-9/11 roots

 

Under President George W. Bush, the NSA built a highly classified wiretapping program to monitor emails and phone calls worldwide. The full details of that program remain unknown, but one aspect was to monitor massive numbers of incoming and outgoing U.S. calls to look for suspicious patterns. After the New York Times revealed the existence of that wiretapping program, the data collection continued under the Patriot Act.

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