Guess Who’s Been Reading Your Emails: Uncle Sam

While the Richmond-based 4th Circuit’s ruling against the Trump administration’s travel ban sopped up all the coverage, the court recently issued another decision in another case of even more profound import. Overturning a district court, the judges reinstated a challenge brought against domestic spying by the National Security Administration. Another court, which oversees intelligence activities pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, also has weighed in.

The particulars get rather technical, but boil down to this: The NSA has been conducting so-called upstream surveillance of internet communications, collecting data on American citizens without a warrant or probable cause — and the Obama administration hid the fact.

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