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Protesting NSA Surveillance

WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS) -- Protesters in our nation's capital want the government to stop watching American citizens. 

Hundreds demonstrated against spy programs Saturday, which they say violate the privacy of ordinary people.

Organizers are from the group Stop Watching Us and want the government to do just that.

Protestors delivered a petition to congress, where legislation to curb domestic surveillance is expected in the coming week
Many people carried signs thanking NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.

It was Snowden who revealed details of a spy program that collects cell phone data and internet communications from U.S. citizens.

Snowden also leaked a memo suggesting the NSA was able to monitor the phone calls of 35 world leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was one of the 35 world leaders mentioned.

President Obama insists the U.S. is not tapping Merkel's calls and has ordered a review of U.S. spying.

CBS News has learned the White House is also warning allies about Snowden's next move, saying:
"there is a better understanding of what Snowden has..." but that "there is no way of knowing the next shoe to drop."

European intelligence chiefs are expected in Washington this coming week for answers.
 

 

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