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Today in 1947: The National Security Act is signed into law

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July 26, 2013

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance operations revealed by Edward Snowden is the fact that this spying is being conducted on ordinary American citizens.


Notwithstanding any possible constitutional provisions that these surveillance activities may violate, the NSA is legally permitted to conduct intelligence-gathering activities on U.S. soil and on U.S. citizens. Another major federal intelligence agency – the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – is statutorily prohibited from gathering intelligence on U.S. soil.


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