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  • ** FILE ** This April 18, 2013, file photo shows National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper is apologizing for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans. In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Clapper says his answer was "clearly erroneous." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    NSA collected thousands of U.S. communications

    The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.

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  • In the declassified ruling, U.S. District Judge James D. Bates said the government surveillance programs "implicate" a federal law that prohibits electronic surveillance unless it's authorized by law.

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  • "This court is troubled that the government's revelations regarding NSA's acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program," Bates wrote in a footnoted passage that had portions heavily blacked out in the government's disclosure.

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