Category Archives: NSA

The NSA’s ICREACH program

The Intercept reports on one NSA program that allows domestic law enforcements agencies–including the FBI and DEA–to search through its trove of metadata for “foreign intelligence.” As the article notes, this includes “incidental” data on U.S. citizens. As I mentioned earlier … Continue reading

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The NSA’s Project SHAMROCK

This article covers an important historical precursor to contemporary NSA surveillance: Project SHAMROCK, the name for the NSA’s interception of telegrams passing over US soil between 1945 and 1975. Three telegraph companies handed over tapes of their telegram data to the … Continue reading

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Got fiber? The NSA’s Fiber Optic “dragnet”

The Intercept reports on a top-secret NSA program to intercept and monitor undersea fiber optic cables across the planet. These vast network, the “nervous system” of globalized communication, has been compromised in partnership with a number of willing countries. The … Continue reading

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NSA recording ‘every’ cellphone conversation in the Bahamas

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally … Continue reading

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Australia’s Pine Gap and the Global Kill-Net

On the back of the “revelations” about the role of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in the U.S.’ ongoing drone wars comes former Australian PM’s warning that Australians working at the U.S.-run Pine Gap facility could be liable for war crimes. … Continue reading

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The NSA’s wizard: “time machine” capable of storing every single phonecall

The NSA has constructed a surveillance system that can record 100 percent of a foreign country’s telephone calls, according to documents leaked to the Washington Post. The agency is able to “rewind” conversations for up to a month. The NSA’s … Continue reading

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NSA “hopping” surveillance (or why you’re connected to millions)

I missed this important story from last year over at the Guardian. It illustrates how the NSA’s “hopping” technique for mass-surveillance works. The agency is allowed to travel three “hops” or connections, when collecting data on a suspect. The average … Continue reading

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10 NSA myths debunked

Peter van Buren, over at TomDispatch, lists ten “myths” associated with the NSA. Here number 8: Terrorists are everywhere and dangerous. “From 1776 to 2001 the United States did not experience a terror attack anywhere close to the scale of … Continue reading

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NSA and GCHQ inside World of Warcraft and Google Cookies

Two interrelated stories about our surveillance planet. The first comes from The Washington Post, which details how the agency is using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.The second story comes from The … Continue reading

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A Leviathan: The NSA collects 5 billion cellphone records a day, mapping the planet’s population

The NSA is vacuuming 5 billion cellphone records a day, enabling the spy organization to track the location of individuals, and their relationship with other individuals, around the clock. The vast data represents an unimaginable power to “geo-locate” millions of … Continue reading

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