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How the NSA Works

• howstuffworks.com
 The spy games going on around the globe aren't just about exploding cufflinks, high-speed car chases and buxom babes, however. If the saga of whistleblower Edward Snowden teaches us anything, it's that American spooks are more interested in looking at reams of data and communications -- both foreign and domestic -- than playing dress-up and drinking martinis.

This is typified by the National Security Agency (NSA). Created in 1952 by order of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, the NSA began as a group of 7,600 military and civilian workers running out of a former school in Virginia.

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