The National Security Agency (NSA) has collected large volumes of phone
and Internet traffic that has crossed into or out of the United States
in an eavesdropping program much more extensive than acknowledged by the Bush Administration, according to a New York Times article published on Friday.

In what has been described as a large data-mining operation, NSA
analysts have allegedly gathered large amount of routing information
from network data and e-mail messages in search of patterns that may
aid terrorism investigations, the New York Times reported.