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U.S. confirms warrantless searches of Americans
Associated Press
By EILEEN SULLIVAN 2 hours ago
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and General Keith Alexander, director of National Security Agency, testify at House Intelligence Committee hearing as a protester against spying is removed from the hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington
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U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) and General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, testify at a House Intelligence Committee hearing as a protester against spying (L) is removed from the hearing by Capitol Police on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 29, 2013. The hearing was on the potential changes to the foreign intellience surveillance act (FISA). REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CRIME LAW)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday.
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These searches were authorized by a secret surveillance court in 2011, but it was unclear until Tuesday whether any such searches on Americans had been conducted.

The recent acknowledgement of warrantless searches on Americans offers more insight into U.S. government surveillance operations put in place after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The government has broadly interpreted these laws to allow for the collection of communications of innocent Americans, practices the Obama administration maintains are legal. But President Barack Obama has promised to review some of these programs to determine whether the government should be conducting this type of surveillance at all.

"Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado said in a joint statement. "However, the facts show that those suggestions were misleading, and that intelligence agencies have indeed conducted warrantless searches for Americans' communications."

Wyden has pressed the administration on whether these searches on Americans have occurred. In a March 28 letter to Wyden, James Clapper, the government's top intelligence official, said the NSA has searched for Americans' communications within information it collected when it targeted foreigners located outside the U.S. In his letter, Clapper also pointed to a declassified document released last August that also acknowledged the use of such searches and stated that these searches were reviewed, and there was no finding of wrongdoing. It was unclear how often these searches are conducted.

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