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Secret to Prism Program: Even Bigger Data Seizure


George W. Bush

In this Feb. 14, 2008, file photo President Bush speaks about the "Protect America Act" outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. When the Protect America Act made warrantless wiretapping legal, lawyers and executives at major technology companies knew what was about to happen. They didn't know that its passage gave birth to a top-secret NSA program, officially labeled US-98XN. It was known as Prism.

Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers.

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