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According to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden, thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year. How many Americans are caught up in the mix? According to the letter, the NSA used such queries to search the communications content of 198 U.S. persons in 2013. The CIA made 1,900 queries of Section 702-sourced information “using specific U.S. person identifiers” in 2013. Ominously, the FBI also has access to some of the pooled data, but doesn’t count how often that it queries it using U.S. person identifiers.



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