As summer ended, there hadn't been many days without something in the news about the continuing drama associated with the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance programs. On Jun 5, 2013, the original story broke when The Guardian reported that the NSA was collecting the telephone records of millions of US citizens. The next day, a related story in The Washington Post outlined a separate program that indicated that government officials had tapped into various Internet companies to obtain emails, chats, connection logs, and other data. In a perfect world, the NSA is legally authorized to obtain phone information, and it can only be accessed when specifically needed for an active investigation. But the world is not perfect. Past history has shown that the government has not always been a responsible steward in obtaining and using information.
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