It’s been almost a year since the June 5, 2013 revelation that the US government was collecting, in bulk, the telephone metadata of every telephone call to and from the United States. The National Security Agency leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden would eventually expose surveillance programs, including Prism, XKeyscore, Tempora, and Muscular.
Yet despite the global outrage, the US electronic surveillance state continues unabated a year after Snowden became a household name. All the while, just one piece of reform legislation cleared the US House, and that legislation allows the telephone snooping to continue, with a few added caveats, despite a federal judge ruling that the nation’s founders would be “aghast” at the program.
“The greatest fear that I have is that nothing will change,” Snowden said in a recent interview. He remains holed up in Russia and faces espionage charges if he returns to the United States.
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