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I'm Carl Azuz.
On Friday, we talked about a controversy surrounding the NSA, the U.S. National Security Agency.
A lot of this goes back to a man named Edward Snowden.
He was a contractor who worked for the NSA.
Earlier this year, he leaked information about secret NSA programs.
Snowden fled to Russia to avoid U.S. prosecution.
The documents detailed how the U.S. intercepted and collected phone and email data of Americans.
There've also been accusations of spying on foreign leaders.
White House officials say the surveillance activities are necessary to combat threats against the U.S. and its allies.
Lisa Monaco is an advisor to President Obama on issues of homeland security and counterterrorism.
She says the president has ordered a review of government surveillance programs.
Monaco says, "We want to ensure that we are collecting information because we need it, and not just because we can.
But meanwhile, some members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans are speaking out against NSA programs.
They are proposing a law to limit the amount of data that NSA can collect.
This weekend, a protest outside the U.S. Capitol pushed for the same goal.
Organizers say, this rally is significant because it's the largest one yet protesting mass surveillance by the NSA.
And Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who opened up the entire controversy earlier this year, made a contribution to it.
He provided the statement that was read by a representative at the rally.
Take a listen.
We have not forgotten the Fourth Amendment in our Bill of Rights prohibits government not only from searching our personal affects without a warrant, but from seizing them, in the first place.
And doing so in secret.
Holding to this principle, we declare that mass surveillance has no place in this country.
It is time for a reform.
Elections are coming and we are vouching you.
Now, it's important to know that these protesters were engaging over the domestic piece of this, data collection from the personal devices or private citizens here in the United States.
Now, Hillary Clinton said in remarks on Friday night that she understands the frustration over this kind of intrusion, and thinks there ought to be a bigger conversation about why the United States practices these kinds of techniques.
Now, on a broader scale, the White House is also facing heat from other countries,
especially our allies over surveillance of foreign leaders, and they have tried to come tensions over that.
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