The National Security Agency scooped up information on more than 124 billion phone calls in one month, the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday.
Citing news outlets such as the Britsh-based Guardian which published a map of how the monitoring took place, and the website Cryptome, which organized the data, the the Free Beacon reported reported most of the monitored calls involved Afghanistan or Pakistan, with other major countries including India, Iran and Jordan.
About 3 billion recorded calls involved the United States, the paper reported.
The calls were recorded under an NSA program called Boundless Informant, which monitored phone and electronic communications around the world, according to the Guardian.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gomert, R-Texas, cited the Free Beacon report in a speech on the House floor Wednesday decrying the range of NSA surveillance, which has been a topic of controversy since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information about the program .
“Just when you think it couldn’t get much worse, we find out … NSA has spied on 124 billion phone calls in one month,” Gomert said.
Snowden is now living under temporary asylum in Russia.
Check out a video of Gomert’s speech here.
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