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The Voice of Russia
August 24, 2013

No laws define the limits of NSA's power - David Burnham, 1983


Though all the ruckus caused by the NSAís inappropriate behavior seems to be a recent development, itís really not. Itís fishy, peeky nature has never been classified information, as was so brilliantly revealed in an article by David Burnham in the New York Times 30 years ago. Burnham raised this issue in 1983 following the case of Government surveillance over of Abdeen Jabara, a Michigan-born lawyer who for many years worked with Arab-American citizens and alien residents. A Federal Court of Appeals ruled that the largest intelligence agency of the United States, the National Security Agency, basically intercepted his overseas communications, as those of other Americans, even if the latter were not suspected in any unlawful activity.


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