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Privacy panel defends NSA foreign data sweep

The National Security Agency (NSA) is seen May 31, 2006 in Fort Meade, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DCAn independent privacy review board Wednesday defended the National Security Agency’s vast foreign intelligence data sweep efforts, despite objections from civil liberties activists. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a panel created on the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, formally adopted a report which called the NSA’s overseas surveillance a valuable and legal tool in thwarting terrorism. The report, which was released to news media on Tuesday before the unanimous vote, came in sharp contrast to the same panel’s rebuke of domestic surveillance efforts earlier this year. The NSA’s foreign surveillance “is not a bulk collection program.

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