|A global channel reveals US intelligence spying on thousands of foreigners|
"CNN" channel revealed that the National Security Agency monitors 100 thousand foreigners around the world, according to Article 702 of the amendments to the law to allow eavesdropping for intelligence purposes.
The channel notes that these data have contributed to the identification of cyber security risks emanating from anti-US governments, to counteract destructive cyber attacks and to thwart al-Qaeda's plans to launch terrorist operations.
On September 12, the US Department of Justice sent a letter to the US Congress proposing a permanent law allowing electronic surveillance of citizens.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and National Intelligence Director Daniel Coates signed the letter, recalling that their amendments to the "Secret Secret Surveillance Act for Foreign Intelligence" will expire later this year.
The letter noted that this law allows for the collection of important information on international terrorists, cybercriminals, individuals and entities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and that intelligence data can be received for attention through this information.
"Maintaining such access is vital to protecting the country from international terrorism, other threats and a priority for the Ministry of Justice as well as intelligence," the letter said.
The law has been sharply criticized in the United States. Human rights activists believe that intelligence agencies will be able, by spying on foreigners, to collect information about ordinary American citizens, which is legally prohibited.