The Obama administration has been under pressure from some lawmakers and civil liberties and human rights groups to disclose more information about the NSA's collection of the "metadata" of tens of millions of Americans' daily telephone and Internet communications. Metadata comprises information such telephone numbers called, call locations and email recipients, but not individual identities or the content of the communications.
The government repeatedly has insisted that the metadata collection programs adhere to the law and are crucial to unearthing threats against the United States by al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.
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