According to documents published Thursday by the U.K. newspaper the Guardian, the Bush White House authorized the NSA to collect US records following the 9/11 attacks.
Following his predecessor's footsteps, the Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, the report adds.
The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011.
Read more at The Guardian
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