Court documents on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance were declassified on Wednesday.
FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports:
The declassified documents give an unprecedented look into one of the nation's top secret programs. It shows the NSA collected as many as 56,000 emails a year over three years from Americans with no terror connection. In 2011, the agency reported to a special court a technical problem that lead to the erroneous collection. The court ordered a fix but unable to do so, the agency had to purge millions of communications.
Earlier, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the program.
(Earnest) "What we are talking about here is a narrowly focused program that's aimed specifically at foreign intelligence."
Earnest says the fact that the problems came to light is proof of the oversight over the program.