judgecorp writes: The NSA mass surveillance programme currently receiving criticism dates back to George W Bush's response to the 9/11 attacks, according to newly declassified documents. The agency was first given powers to collect the contents of certain international communications in October 2001;the powers had to be renewed regularly at first, and have since been solidified and extended.
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