Internet tapping aimed at non-U.S. people outside U.S. : official

WASHINGTON Thu Jun 6, 2013 9:06pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information collected through a U.S. government surveillance program that taps into the servers of internet companies targets only non-U.S. persons living outside the United States, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

The U.S. law that allows the collection of data under this program does not allow the targeting of any U.S. citizen or of any person located in the United States, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"This program was recently reauthorized by Congress after extensive hearings and debate," the official said. "Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable intelligence information we collect, and is used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats."

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Beech)

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So any traffic routed through the U.S. or any gmail account at all can be monitored as long as you are not a U.S. citizen or in the U.S?

Goodbye international users of U.S. IT services.

Jun 06, 2013 10:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tomekg35 wrote:
And I am sure the US government has a list of all names and an index of all gmail account so they can cross reference it to see if that person is a US citizen or living outside the US, yea right.!!

All of people don’t have the gmail account under their real names, etc. How will the government know who is who?

They are looking at all emails, period. There is not way to pick and chose which one you want , etc.!!!!

Jun 07, 2013 8:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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