Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New horror stories were revealed today by The Guardian about how the U.S. government is conducting a massive surveilance program on peaceful and law abiding U.S. citizens

Link to The Guardian Article

Here are some key points in the article:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Analysts [at the National Security Agency] can also use XKeyscore and other NSA systems to obtain ongoing "real-time" interception of an individual's Internet activity.

A slide entitled "plug-ins" in a December 2012 document describes the various fields of information that can be searched. It includes "every email address seen in a session by both username and domain", "every phone number seen in a session (e.g. address book entries or signature block)" and user activity – "the webmail and chat activity to include username, buddylist, machine specific cookies etc".

Beyond emails, the XKeyscore system allows analysts to monitor a virtually unlimited array of other internet activities, including those within social media.

The quantity of communications accessible through programs such as XKeyscore is staggeringly large. One NSA report from 2007 estimated that there were 850bn "call events" collected and stored in the NSA databases, and close to 150bn internet records. Each day, the document says, 1-2bn records were added.

JG: Big Brother is alive and well and residing in the National Security Agency with an approving nod from Barack Obama in the White House. Is Big Ears saying "I don't care if you have to violate the Constitution's clause against unreasonable searches and seizures. JUST DO IT!" 

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