US NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep – Yahoo News

The National Security Agency announced Friday it would end its controversial practice of sweeping up any email or text message an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance.

The powerful US spy agency said that although it has the legal power to continue scooping up such communications, it would halt the practice to protect the privacy of US citizens.

“NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target,” it said in a statement.

The NSA, the country’s premier signals intelligence body, is permitted to collect communications of any foreign target, but not that of Americans except in certain situations, or if it gains a warrant to do so.

This is an enormously important step in the right direction… if the NSA is actually doing what it says it’s doing.  The big question is why?  Was this ordered by Trump?

Or is this the first step in something darker, where an event occurs and the NSA can say that they didn’t see it coming because of that darn privacy you Americans are so concerned with.

There’s more to this story than what we’re getting so far.