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Federal Review of NSA Surveillance Program Issued: December 12, 2013

Federal Review of NSA Surveillance Program Issued: December 12, 2013

Federal review of NSA surveillance program issued: December 12, 2013

In August 2013, President Barack Obama created a formal panel to review and consider changes to a National Security Agency (NSA) program that monitored millions of phone calls, text messages, e-mail, and other communications, including those of U.S. citizens, without warrants. The panel was established following the publication of a series of documents, leaked by government contractor Edward Snowden, that detailed top-secret surveillance programs conducted by the United States. The revelations caused a public outcry, raising concerns of privacy violations, and prompted the government to reexamine its intelligence operations for opportunities to better protect civil liberties while maintaining national security. The panel presented its recommendations in ...

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