Skip to comments.FBI, NSA said to be secretly mining data from nine U.S. tech giants
Posted on 06/07/2013 8:05:34 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian
Summary: UPDATED: Turns out U.S. government agencies might be tapping into into a lot more than just Verizon customer records.
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Both the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are said to have been secretly mining data directly from the servers of at least nine top U.S.-based technology companies, according to The Washington Post.
Citing a leaked presentation intended for only senior analysts within the NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate, which was then obtained by the Post, this was all done since 2007 under a highly-classified program dubbed "PRISM."
As for the companies involved, it's a who's who list filled with Silicon Valley behemoths that is surely going to upset lawmakers and average Internet users alike.
The ring of nine consists of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple, and video chat room community PalTalk. Apparently Dropbox was slated to be the next one added to the list.
The kind of content being extracted from the central servers at theses tech companies include audio, video, photos, e-mails, documents and connection logs.
(Excerpt) Read more at zdnet.com ...
Well Maxine Waters was telling the truth in an interview when she said Obama was creating a file on EVERYONE . Rush Limbaugh talked about it on his program .
Government is the enemy of the people.
Suddenly John Roberts’ Opinion on Obamacare makes sense.
Where are all of the liberal professors wringing their hands about the loss of our rights?
They think they are safe.
I think obamas gov. has bitten off more than it can chew this time. Any republican that went along with this like Graham needs to be removed from office. It is no longer “we the people” in their eyes, it is “we the government”.
Time to clean house.
Why don't we start by removing any democrat first and then work our way to the republicans?
Not to make excuses for this outrage but they can’t find a teenaged Chechnyan terrorist with both hands.
Does anyone notice something wrong here?
1. When they were given the info of REAL terrorists
they did NOTHING, and allowed the Boston ATROCITY
2. These are also the people who left the borders open,
and DEFENDED Hasan, RELEASED the COLE terrorists,
FAST&Furiously armed narcoterrorists,
fought every State defending itself,
decimated the US military,
and ordered IRS to attack conservatives,
all while covering up the Benghazi
MANPAD transfer to al Qaeda.
3. The Moslem Brotherhood has DIRECT access
to these records recording Americans who have done nothing.
Or don’t want to? — yet.
Don’t waste a (opportunity for a) crisis.
RINOs are democrats. Graham and McCain have shown disloyalty ti their constituents. Why wait to get rid of them. They will just corrupt anyone else we sent to the senate or congress.
People are forgetting that this government has identified Tea Partiers, gun control advocates and other conservatives as terrorists. When we read that the phone spying efforts were aimed at rooting out terrorists and their networks, I do not think that the government thinks that terrorist means what we think it means. I think that they wanted to monitor US calling patterns to identify conservatives and their allies.
And after collecting all this private information illegally, and at great expense, they weren’t able to prevent the mad piece of $h!t from murdering people during the Boston Marathon.
Or didn’t try to prevent it.
4. The Tyrant is Undocumented, protected by the MSM which pays no taxes and is protected,
while he has not even shown he is ELIGIBLE to destroy America.
The PEOPLE are very angry (and this was a year before this new nightmare)
A short history of Echelon, the grandparent of Prism:
The worlds most secret electronic surveillance system has its main origin in the conflicts of the Second World War. In a deeper sense, it results from the invention of radio and the fundamental nature of telecommunications. The creation of radio permitted governments and other communicators to pass messages to receivers over transcontinental distances. But there was a penalty - anyone else could listen in. Previously, written messages were physically secure (unless the courier carrying them was ambushed, or a spy compromised communications). The invention of radio thus created a new importance for cryptography, the art and science of making secret codes. It also led to the business of signals intelligence, now an industrial scale activity.
Although the largest surveillance network is run by the US NSA, it is far from alone. Russia, China, France and other nations operate worldwide networks. Dozens of advanced nations use sigint as a key source of intelligence. Even smaller European nations such as Denmark, the Netherlands or Switzerland have recently constructed small, Echelon-like stations to obtain and process intelligence by eavesdropping on civil satellite communications.
During the 20th century, governments realised the importance of effective secret codes. But they were often far from successful. During the Second World War, huge allied codebreaking establishments in Britain and America analysed and read hundreds of thousands of German and Japanese signals. What they did and how they did it remained a cloely-guarded secret for decades afterwards. In the intervening period, the US and British sigint agencies, NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) constructed their worldwide listening network.
The system was established under a secret 1947 UKUSA Agreement, which brought together the British and American systems, personnel and stations. To this was soon joined the networks of three British commonwealth countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Later, other countries including Norway, Denmark, Germany and Turkey signed secret sigint agreements with the United States and became third parties participants in the UKUSA network.
Besides integrating their stations, each country appoints senior officials to work as liaison staff at the others headquarters. The United States operates a Special US Liaison Office (SUSLO) in London and Cheltenham, while a SUKLO official from GCHQ has his own suite of offices inside NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, between Washington and Baltimore.
Under the UKUSA agreement, the five main English-speaking countries took responsibility for overseeing surveillance in different parts of the globe . Britains zone included Africa and Europe, east to the Ural Mountains of the former USSR; Canada covered northern latitudes and polar regions; Australia covered Oceania. The agreement prescribed common procedures, targets, equipment and methods that the sigint agencies would use.
Among them were international regulations for sigint security , which required that before anyone was admitted to knowledge of the arrangements for obtaining and handling sigint, they must first undertake a lifelong commitment to secrecy.
Every individual joining a UKUSA sigint organisation must be indoctrinated and, often re-indoctrinated each time they are admitted to knowledge of a specific project. They are told only what they need to know, and that the need for total secrecy about their work never ceases.
In other words, they’ve found my library of “Obama’s white mother posing naked for Frank Marshall Davis dirty magazines” photos.
And they’re less than pleased.
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