In April of 2012, whistleblower William Binney went on the program Democracy Now to reveal that the NSA was lying to the American people about their actions. Binney is a former intelligence agent.The April 2012 Democracy Now show is available online here. The US MSM covered the story only after it appeared in The (UK) Guardian.
He stated that the NSA had "20 trillion transactions" on record. Specifically, transactions are phone calls, emails, internet searches, and credit card purchases made by average citizens.
When asked if he believed that the United States government had every single email American citizens had sent, Binney stated that, "I believe they have most of them."
When asked about the difference between the Obama and Bush administrations, Binney cautioned, "Actually, I think the surveillance has increased, in fact I would suggest that they've assembled on the order of 20 trillion transactions about US citizens with other US citizens. 20 trillion." [Emph. added]
Breitbart has pointed out that the MSM also failed to break the DOJ-AP phone record scandal, the Benghazi scandal, and the IRS scandal.