National Security Agency Breaking News: NSA Can Keep Data On U.S. Citizens Indefinitely: Report

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The National Security Agency can keep copies of intercepted communications from or about U.S. citizens if the material contains significant intelligence or evidence of crimes. That's according to exemptions in NSA's top secret rules published Thursday in the latest leak of classified U.S. materials. North Korean state newspaper Minju Joson called the United States "a kingpin of human rights abuses as it puts the world under its watch network and has conducted espionage against mankind," after the recent revelations of NSA snooping National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander told a House committee that 50 terror threats in 20 countries have been disrupted with the assistance of two secret surveillance programs that were recently disclosed by former defense contractor Edward Snowden. At least 10 of the plots targeted the U.S. homeland, Alexander told the House Intelligence Committee, including a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange.

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