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By Sadie Bass

Jun 17, 2009 2:22pm

ABC's Hanna Siegel reports from New York:

We know that the N.S.A. is monitoring people’s emails.  But today we learned a little bit more.

The National Security Agency is once again coming under scrutiny for its surveillance program which – according to the New York Times – is bigger than the public realizes.  According to the Times, current and former intelligence officials acknowledge the program of intercepting private emails and phone calls – all in the name of national security — has become more widespread. 

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), who has been leading the investigation, says he has become increasingly concerned abuses of privacy continue to occur. 

Supporters of the program say that in order to ensure the safety of our nation, agents must read lots of emails, sometimes violating people’s privacy.  But critics say the filtering system is not rigorous enough and many of the violations could be easily prevented. 

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