Aug 9 2013
Existence of “secret backdoor” loophole appears to contrast with repeated presidential assurances
– Jon Queally, staff writer
“There is no spying on Americans,” said President Obama to talkshow host Jay Leno on Tuesday night.
Though he acknowledged the US possesses “mechanisms where we can track a phone number or an email address that we know is connected to some sort of terrorist threat,” Obama used a calm voice to say clearly: “We don’t have a domestic spying program.”
However, according to new reporting by the Guardian based on documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the intelligence agency is, in fact, spying directly on Americans and maintains authority to exploit a “secret backdoor” legal loophole which allows it to search for “US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant.”