"The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance, according to intelligence officials."
The article chronicles the rise of a secret docket on a scale that has no parallels in American history.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the First Amendment does not protect reporters who receive unauthorized leaks from being forced to testify against the people suspected of leaking to them. In the dissenting opinion, the majority holding was described the “as a serious threat to investigative journalism..” .
"The Justice Department violated its own rules when it secretly seized records for thousands of phone calls to and from journalists for The Associated Press as part of a leak investigation, the head of the company said Wednesday..."
General Keith B. Alexander testified before Congress that terror attacks had been thwarted by the NSA's information collection programs.
The A.P. said that the Justice Department informed it on Friday that law enforcement officials had obtained the records for more than 20 telephone lines of its offices and journalists, including their home phones and cellphones. It said the records were seized without notice sometime this year.
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