Dec 4, 2013
Intelligence Director Confirms Online Spying
Posted on Jun 7, 2013
The Obama administration has acknowledged using a secret program to spy on millions of customers of the biggest technology companies.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed revelations made by The Guardian on Thursday that the National Security Agency uses Google, Facebook, Apple and other companies to obtain the content of online activity.
Along with the acknowledgement that officials are engaged in a program to monitor the calls of Verizon customers in a program lasting the better part of a decade, it is clear that the Obama administration “has embraced and expanded the surveillance regime began under President Bush,” The Guardian reports.
Laughably to many civil liberties experts, Clapper argued on Thursday night that the phone records collection program operates “within the constraints of law” and “appropriately protect[s] privacy and civil liberties.” He also attacked the disclosure of the online monitoring program as “reprehensible” for risking “important protections for the security of Americans.”
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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