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ACLU: Docs Reveal "Exponential" Growth of Domestic Spying

•, Common Dreams staff
 The release of new Department of Justice documents obtained by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability.
Though there is a long history of legal (and not so legal) surveillance by federal and local authorities, the new documents—released by the DOJ following Freedom of Information Act requests by the ACLU and presented in this report—show that under the Obama administration, the rate of surveillance has risen "exponentially" in many key areas, including information gathered from telephone, email, and other Internet communications.

Electronic Surveillance Is Sharply on the Rise

The DOJ documents reveal an enormous increase in the Justice Department’s use of pen register and trap and trace surveillance.

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