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NSA Analysts Abused Their Surveillance Powers

After probing into matters having to do with the NSA’s spying powers, it was found that the some NSA analysts had time after time abused their prerogative. More snooping around had taken place than was necessary.

Aug 24 2013, 6:24am CDT | by

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NSA Analysts Abused Their Surveillance Powers

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There are times when the powers that govern tend to overstep their boundaries. Especially in the name of acts of zealous morality many crimes against humanity may be committed. Take the case of the NSA. Lawmakers have found that the agency has been spying on unsuspecting Americans since the past decade or so. Meanwhile, if you hear NSA’s side of the story, it appears to be quite innocent. The seniors in its ranks claim that only when there were rumors of terrorist activities, did they act decisively by spying on the suspects. And while the NSA did acknowledge that sometimes they crossed the thin line between investigation and unnecessary intervention, this came with the territory. 

The NSA has also reported that these incidents of more than usual surveillance were few and far between. The distasteful job was crucial in order to prevent another 9/11 from occurring in America. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has weighed in on the issue and in an interview expressed his honest opinion. He said that while some extra spying may have taken place there was no abuse of power and that nobody was trying to read your email.  However, he did acknowledge the scary extent to which the NSA could go in order to find out more about ordinary citizens. President Obama has promised safeguards and reforms on this front. And this comes as somewhat of a relief to many US citizens. 

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Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

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Journalists Glenn Greenwald And Lauren Poitras Receive A George Polk Award
The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Ed ...
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Edward Snowden ‘vindicated’: Pulitzer Prize awarded to papers for stories based on files from NSA leaker

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Snowden reporting lands Guardian and Post Pulitzers

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