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Government surveillance before War on Terror

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Edward Snowden dropped an information bomb.

Whether you agree with his methods or not, the former NSA employee told the world about the Obama and Bush administrations' surveillance of American citizens. The government's data-mining program -- authorized under the Patriot Act -- allowed the NSA to gather millions of U.S. phone records and intercept internet traffic.

David Mindich is a journalism professor at St. Michael's College. He found this type of surveillance is not new to the War on Terror. It started with the Civil War.

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