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Report: NSA is able to crack protective measures on smart phones

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If you have a smart phone...and you probably do... Listen up.

According to a report, the government can reportedly access whatever is in that phone of yours.

This, as we're learning more about a new lawsuit filed by the American civil liberties union -- against the national security agency.

And the suit has support from a co-author of the patriot act.

The National Security Agency -- is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, Blackberry and Android devices and is eavesdropping on specific individuals.

That according to a report, from the German news weekly Der Spiegel -- citing internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart.

The agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone, reportedly giving them access to your contacts, call lists -- even your location.

On Saturday, thousands of people in Berlin shared their outrage over the NSA's alleged mass surveillance of Internet users.  Many held signs saying -- "stop watching us."

One woman stated, "We're here because we do not like to be monitored. We have enough surveillance states."

In Stockholm last week, President Obama assured Americans and Europeans the U.S. government isn't spying on law-abiding citizens.

"Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should do it."

The American Civil Liberties Union says the NSA misled the public and has filed a lawsuit.

ACLU lawyers, questioning whether the National Security Agency should be allowed to track Americans' phone calls and e-mails -- and store that information for years.

Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin, co-author of the post- 9/11 Patriot Act, supports the lawsuit.

"The proper balance has not been struck between civil rights and American security," he said.

On FOX Business Network's "Cavuto," Alex Abdo of the ACLU said, "Privacy is really an American value, everyone wants to have it whether you're conservative or liberal.  We have now gotten the support of Sensenbrenner, the National Rifle Association has now filed a brief in support of lawsuit."

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