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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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Highlights from Special Operations meeting

Micah Zenko has posted highlights from the “U.S. Special Operations Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2015 and the Future Years Defense Program,” Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, on March 11, 2014. … Continue reading

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Optic Nerve: GCHQ has intercepted millions of webcam images

The UK’s premier spy agency, GCHQ, with the support of the NSA, has intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of innocent internet users, according to leaked documents. A surveillance program codenamed “Optic Nerve” collected still images from Yahoo … Continue reading

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What does a surveillance state look like?

Trevor Paglen has released these birds-eye photos of the NSA (National Security Agency, the “signals” intelligence organization, $10.8 billion dollar budget), the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office – in control of U.S. satellites, $10.3 billion dollar budget), and the NGA (National … 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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