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article imageOp-Ed: NSA tracks 5 billion mobile phone calls daily

By Robert Weller     Dec 4, 2013 in Politics
They aren't joking on U.S. comedy shows when they say no need to send Santa a list: the NSA already knows what you want. The Washington Post confirmed how the spy agency is monitoring phone calls. nationwide.
The National Security Agency is tracking 5 billion mobile phone calls daily, according to records provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The Washington Post reported the records give the agency information on the locations of millions of devices.
So when the phone asks you if you want to let it know where you are for your convenience, that information is likely ending up with the NSA.
The editor of the Guardian, the first to publish Snowden’s claims, told the British Parliament the newspaper has only revealed 1 percent of the Snowden leaks.
Although the Patriot Act, passed after 9/11 gives the government the authority to do this spying, leaders of foreign governments have expressed outrage.
Former President Bill Clinton said the spying is harming US relations even with allies.
Clinton, in an interview on the Fusion network, said he had “serious reservations” about the spying that was going on before the Trade Center attacks.
“The data collection has had a damaging effect,” Clinton said in the interview, reported by Bloomberg. “And not just in Latin America, but in Europe and Asia. Now, it’s interesting because in some other countries it’s come out that those governments were doing the same thing, or that other governments had given us permission.”
At one point, it was reported the agency was listening in on phone calls by German Prime Minister Angela Merkel.
“What we need here is more transparency and more privacy and more security,” Clinton said. “We’re getting in a position here where people didn’t know what was going on. And the way the data’s been handled, it’s not clear that it’s maximized our security, and it’s perfectly clear that it’s eroded some people’s sense of privacy,” Clinton said.
New York Times editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, said in an opinion piece that there is no evidence any leaking has harmed U.S. security.
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