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Government Surveillance

NSA Spying on Americans in the Green Zone

The National Security Agency is intercepting and retaining communications of innocent Americans in Iraq’s so-called “Green Zone”; agency workers even pass around the most titillating conversations, according to explosive allegations made by two NSA whistleblowers in an ABC News segment airing tonight. According to the report, collection of telephone conversations U.S. soldiers and aid workers in Iraq had with their families in the U.S. continued even after NSA analysts knew that the telephone numbers on which they were eavesdropping belonged to Americans who had no ties to terrorism. The report calls into question assurances the NSA and Justice Department repeatedly gave Congress that internally enforced “minimization procedures” are adequate to protect the private conversations of Americans.