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NSA collected thousands of domestic communications in 2011, court document shows

Zach Miners | Aug. 22, 2013
The numbers represent a misuse of NSA's authority, the EFF said.

"Disclosing this opinion -- and releasing enough of it so that citizens and advocates can intelligently debate the constitutional violation that occurred -- is a critical step in ensuring that an informed debate takes place," EFF staff attorney Mark Rumold said in a statement.

The document's release comes just weeks after President Obama announced some sweeping reforms designed to limit data collection by the NSA under the Patriot Act.

Much of the issue of government surveillance has been pushed into the public consciousness following leaks made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


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