Bush Order Expands Internet Monitoring By NSA 26 Jan 2008 signed a directive this month that expands the intelligence community's role in monitoring Internet traffic to
protect against a rising number of attacks on federal agencies' computer systemsspy on dissidents. The directive, whose content is classified, authorizes the intelligence agencies, in particular the , to monitor the computer networks of all federal agencies -- including ones they have not previously monitored. The prospect of aiming 's power at domestic networks is raising concerns, just as the 's role in the government's warrantless domestic-surveillance program has been controversial. "Agencies designed to gather intelligence on foreign entities should not be in charge of monitoring our computer systems here at home," said (D-Miss.), chairman of the House . Lawmakers with oversight of homeland security and intelligence matters say they have pressed the administration for months for details. The classified joint directive, signed Jan. 8 and called the National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23, has not been previously disclosed.
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