Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not.
In response to the controversy over the alleged surveillance practices of the NSA, the White House established the Review Group on Intelligence and Communication Technologies, which is expected to provide recommendations to the president next week.
The US NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have collaborated in tapping the overseas fiber-optic cables used by Google and Yahoo to exchange data stored in their many data centers in the US and abroad, and have been slurping all the information passing through them, says a recent report by The Washington Post.
There is nothing wrong with spying on foreign national leaders, even when they are allies, said NSA head General Keith Alexander and NI director James Clapper at a hearing before the US House Select Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
Following Le Monde's Monday report on NSA's systematic gathering of phone call data of French citizens and the recording of certain calls and text messages has made the French prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, call in the US ambassador in Paris and demand explanations.
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