Pre-Snowden Debate About NSA Call-Records Collection Program
AP is reporting that in 2009, several senior NSA officials objected to the NSA call-records collection program.
The now-retired NSA official, a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about the top secret program that was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He says he argued to then-NSA Director Keith Alexander that storing the calling records of nearly every American fundamentally changed the character of the agency, which is supposed to eavesdrop on foreigners, not Americans.
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