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Report: NSA expands spying to Email
ALBANY-- The National Security Agency has expanded its watch on Americans from cell phone records to emails and web searches, according to a report by the Washington post.
First it was cell phones, now its search engines. The NSA was reportedly caught with thier eyes checking on Google and Yahoo searches and who hundreds of millions of Americans are emailing. The report states more than 181-million emails were monitored and stored away.
Rick Mathews, a National Security Preparedness expert at UAlbany's Rockefeller Institute, said Thursday no American should be surprised by what the NSA tracks. There must be a balance of privacy and national security, Mathews said.
"Sometimes we hear people talking about 'well there are terrorists on chatter', well that is how we find it out, by ease dropping," Mathews said.
In a statement Google said they they have increased hacking prevention measures and do not supply the government with any information. "we are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks" part of the statement read.
Larry Zimbler, President of Liberteks.com, says any online websites can try all they want, but in this day and age online privacy does not exist.
"You have to make the assumption every key stroke you do is stored somewhere on a hard drive and if someone decides to run scans to open a file it is going to be available to them," said Zimbler.
In a statement to the Washington P st quote and NSA official said "the NSA has multiple authorities that it uses to accomplish its mission, which is centered on defending the nation."
The statement reportedly went on to say "the NSA is a foreign intelligence agency. And we're focused on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets only."