New Snowden bombshell: NSA secretly tapping Google’s, Yahoo’s data pipelines to harvest metadata — and content « Hot Air: "The irony is, per the last paragraph of the excerpt above, this might further tie the NSA’s hands abroad, where nearly everyone agrees they should have a freer hand to operate because it’s easier to target foreigners exclusively there. They’re already back on their heels because of the uproar over them tapping Merkel’s phone; now, if there’s a new uproar over this, Congress may feel pressured to impose new restrictions on how the agency operates internationally to limit its ability to target U.S. citizens or corporations overseas. What a backfire, if it happens. Exit question: Why did they feel the need to tap Google’s and Yahoo’s data centers if they were already being handed information by the companies under PRISM? WaPo tries to explain but I’m not seeing it."
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