The latest revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden about the agency's surveillance practices involve a program called MUSCULAR. By tapping into the data centers that connect Yahoo and Google to users around the world, the program gave the NSA secret access to millions of digital records about who sent or received emails and when.
A spokesperson from Yahoo said the company had not given access to its data centers to the NSA or any other government agency. David Drummond, Chief Legal Officer at Google, said the company has "long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping," adding, "We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform."
Should ordinary Americans be outraged too?
Stewart Baker, former general counsel to the NSA, says that in fact, American citizens should be relieved by how closely the agency is tracking potential threats in order to maintain security.