NSA Records Every Cellphone in Bahamas

    A lounge chair is seen near a palm tree in this general view from Sainte-Anne, in the French Caribbean island of Martinique March 9, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (MARTINIQUE - Tags: TRAVEL) - RTXY224

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    Americans aren’t safe from Big Brother even when they go on vacation. The National Security Agency is recording the complete audio of every cellphone call in the Bahamas and storing them for up to a month. According to The Intercept, which broke the story Monday using documents obtained from Edward Snowden, 5 million Americans visit the Bahamas every year and many of them have homes there. NSA documents say the program is used to locate drug traffickers and smugglers of undocumented immigrants. In addition to the Bahamas, the MYSTIC program is also used to monitor the communications of Mexico, Kenya, the Philippines, and an unnamed country.

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