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NSA can Records all Calls in Targeted Foreign Nation

The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country.

According to BBC Edward Snowden, who leaked details of the system, promised more revelations. Civil liberties groups called the report "chilling", but US officials would not comment.

According to the Washington Pos, the surveillance system that is recording all the phone calls in an undisclosed foreign country, allowing it to play back any conversation up to 30 days later.

The newspaper said that, at the request of US authorities, it would not name the foreign country, or others where the system's use was envisaged.

The program likened it to a time machine that can replay voices from any phone call without the need to identify a person for spying in advance

According to Reuters, the former U.S. officials quoted anonymously by the Post said large numbers of conversations involving Americans would be gathered using the system.

White House spokesman Jay Carney, at his regular news briefing on Tuesday, sidestepped a question about the Post article, saying that "we don't, as a general rule, comment on every specific allegation or report."

"We make clear what activity the NSA and our intelligence community engages in, and the fact that they are bound by our laws and the oversight of three branches of government," Carney told reporters.

Carney also noted that President Barack Obama announced a series of steps in January to "significantly reform our activity."

TRULY CHILLING'

Obama on Jan. 17 began reining in the vast collection of Americans' phone data and banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close allies in a series of limited reforms triggered by the revelations from numerous documents leaked by Snowden.

Civil liberties activists condemned the MYSTIC program.

"This is a truly chilling revelation, and it's one that underscores how high the stakes are in the debate we're now having about bulk surveillance. The NSA has always wanted to record everything, and now it has the capacity to do so," Jameel Jaffer, an official with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

In a statement published by the Post, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden refused to comment on "specific alleged intelligence activities."

But Hayden said "new or emerging threats" are "often hidden within the large and complex system of modern global communications, and the United States must consequently collect signals intelligence in bulk in certain circumstances in order to identify these threats," the Post reported.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told the Post that "continuous and selective reporting of specific techniques and tools used for legitimate U.S. foreign intelligence activities is highly detrimental to the national security of the United States and of our allies, and places at risk those we are sworn to protect."

Snowden last year fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he has asylum. The United States wants him returned to face criminal prosecution.



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