Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries.
One former senior defense official who spoke to the journalists on condition of anonymity said that the broad authority is allowed so that the US government is able to assess any developing situations around the world at the drop of a hat.
And on that last statement, OH, REALLY?!?
Then HOW, please could have the NSA's surveillance been that lousy, that it missed the rise of ISIS and ISIL in Iraq and Syria?!?!?