It turns out the National Security Agency's
(NSA) ability to gather information goes much further than just collecting
The Washington Post has uncovered a
massive spying program capable of uncovering virtually anything an individual
does on the internet.
According to top secret documents
leaked to the Post, the NSA can tap directly into the servers of nine big
internet companies. This allows them to do anything from extract photos,
e-mails, and web surfing data to even listen in on audio and video chats.
President Obama says the NSA
monitoring of phone records and internet activities has been in place since
2006 and congress signed off on it.
"Nobody is listening to phone calls,
that's not what this program is about," said the President.
"With respect to the internet and
emails, this does not apply to U.S. citizens, and it does not apply to people
living in the United States," he said.
The post says the whistle blower
revealed the program to them because he believes it was a massive violation of
President Obama says his administration is trying to
strike a balance between keeping Americans safe and privacy concerns.