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Ex-NSA chief: US spying will get worse

Iran Press TV

Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:17PM GMT

The former director of the US National Security Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden, has indicated the spy agency would want to use its databases in more aggressive ways.

Hayden told CBS' Face The Nation on Sunday that the NSA would want to use an advanced algorithm to sieve through the vast amount of data it had collected on the American people.

Such an algorithm would enable NSA operatives, for example, to read the email of every American citizen.

Earlier in June, in the wake of the revelations about the NSA's spying programs, Hayden, who presided over the creation of a secret surveillance program, also said that the US spying program expanded under the presidency of Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported on Friday that a top-secret document provided by former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that a legal authority enables NSA operatives to search for Americans' email and phone calls without a warrant.

The newly disclosed document reveals for the first time that the NSA is legally authorized to sieve through its databases in search for specific American individuals' communications using their names or other "identifiers".

The Guardian explained that the term "identifier" may refer to an individual's name, telephone number, email address, or IP address and username.

This comes as on Friday, Obama called on Congress to reform Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the NSA to collect phone records of American citizens.

Meanwhile, on NBC's Tonight Show on Tuesday, Obama denied that the White House has "a domestic spying program" and described NSA's spying programs as "useful" mechanisms that "can track a phone number or an e-mail address that is connected to a terrorist attack."


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