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NSA Outlines Rules for Using Phone, Internet Surveillance on U.S. Citizens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The NSA, which has come under fire for its widespread use of surveillance, may keep copies of intercepted material involving an American if it contains evidence of a crime or significant intelligence, the Associated Press reports on the agency’s secret rules.

The documents, published by The Guardian in the latest leak, require feds to first build a case before spying on someone on the phone or Internet.

The person also must not be an American, according to the Associated Press.

But if the surveillance leads to involvement from an American, the feds may keep the records indefinitely.

Report: At least 27 Accused Terrorists Prosecuted Under Secret Surveillance Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least 27 accused terrorists were prosecuted since 2007 using evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reports.

The FISA cases vary from murder to an 18-year-old American trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

As early as today, the U.S. government plans to disclose how many terrorist attacks were foiled under the NSA program, which is another surveillance tool used by feds.

FISA warrants were created in 1978 after congressional hearings revealed the U.S. was illegally spying on its residents, Reuters wrote.

FISA requires approval from a judge.