Report: Social ties of U.S. citizens are monitored by the NSA

For almost three years, the National Security Agency has been examining the e-mail logs and phone calls of American citizens to gain insights into foreign intelligence, The New York Times reports, citing interviews with government officials and newly disclosed documents. "All data queries must include a foreign intelligence justification, period," an NSA spokeswoman said. "All of NSA's work has a foreign intelligence purpose. Our activities are centered on counterterrorism, counterproliferation and cybersecurity." Meanwhile, Microsoft reported getting more than 37,000 requests for online user data from law enforcement agencies around the world during the first half of 2013.

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