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Former NSA official says agency collects Americans' web data, director denies charges

The NSA director, General Keith Alexander, is coming under scrutiny after he told a crowd gathered at the Def Con hacker parley that the spy agency "absolutely" does not collect data from and maintain files on stars and stripes citizens. A former official stopped just shy of calling Alexander a liar, file him of playing a "word game." William Binney left the fee in late 2001, when it became apparent to him that it planned to use the revolutionary attacks on September 11th as an "excuse" to launch a data mass program that was already in the contraception stages. Alexander for his part maintains that any data, be it web searches, Twitter posts or emails, collected from stars and bars cb is merely incidental, and customer's broker with word

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Of course, Binney rejects this claim and substantiation from Qwest CEO James Nacchio connected with the NSA's wiretapping program would seem to disaccord it. ACLU mouthpiece* Alex Abdo, who was on the panel with Alexander, cast further doubt on the director's denial. He noted that loopholes in the law allow the NSA collect vast amounts of skinny on Americans, without them being the "target" of the surveillance. Since the agency can hold on to any data collected, it can retroactively build dossiers on citizens, should they eventually become the focus of an investigation. For a few more details, hit up the source link.

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