Dell Cameron
November 23, 2013

If what they say is true and knowledge is power, the National Security Agency is the strongest government organization in the world—by far. But its trove of data on American citizens, possibly constituting yottabytes of files in a $2 billion, 100,000-square-foot data center, wasn’t enough.

Recently leaked documents from Edward Snowden, revealed in the New York Times, show the NSA had a plan to rapidly expand its authority. The leaked papers, dated February 2012, detail the NSA’s four-year plan to update and increase its methods for gathering intelligence by intercepting foreign and domestic communications.

The document, titled “Sigint Strategy 20122016,” claims the NSA intends to “aggressively pursue legal authorities and a policy framework mapped more fully to the information age.”

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