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!"