US: NSA allowed to tap calls by doctors, lawyers

The National Security Agency would not have been barred from intercepting communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients during its warrantless surveillance program, according to a statement by a spokesman in the Justice Department on Friday. Such communications normally receive special legal protections in the United States. "Although the program does not specifically target the communications of attorneys or physicians, calls involving such persons would not be categorically excluded from interception," the department said in responses to questions from lawmakers.