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Govt. Snooping Reaches Further Than Phone Records

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It turns out the National Security Agency's (NSA) ability to gather information goes much further than just collecting phone records.

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 privacy.

President Obama says his administration is trying to strike a balance between keeping Americans safe and privacy concerns.

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