Electronic surveillance by the NSA has been criticized over the last several years. In February, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] denied [JURIST report] an appeal by the DOJ seeking to stop a lawsuit [JURIST report] brought by an Islamic charity alleging it was the subject of an illegal wiretap by the NSA. Last October, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also investigated [JURIST report] allegations made by two members of the US military that the NSA eavesdropped on the personal conversations of members of the military and humanitarian aid workers stationed in the Middle East. In 2006, it was revealed that the NSA [JURIST report] was collecting phone records from major telephone companies to study the calling patterns of millions of Americans in an effort to detect terrorist activity.
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