Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Jul 2013 14:12 UTC
Internet & Networking From The Guardian:

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.

The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.

This is not PRISM - but a different system. The slides are damning, as always.

It validates claims made by Edward Snowden, and makes it clear that US government officials have been lying all along. There's no court order required for any of this - in a supposedly modern democracy. Crazy.

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RE: it's modern fascism
by andybalholm on Thu 1st Aug 2013 18:12 UTC in reply to "it's modern fascism"
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i've never heard of anyone having seemingly private data thrown at them without their knowledge of even being investigated.

I have. An acquaintance of mine is a US citizen living in Nicaragua. A few years ago a woman and her daughter were running away from a child-custody decree made by a US court. He helped them in some way; I think it was finding plane tickets to fly from Canada to Nicaragua without going through the US.

Next time he came to the US, the FBI met him at the plane and arrested him. He had no idea that he was a wanted man. Their main evidence was emails and credit-card records. (Eventually they dropped the charges against him.)

I doubt these NSA programs were involved in this case; the FBI probably used old-fashioned warrants and subpoenas. But there is no doubt that the feds sometimes read people's emails without telling them.

Many of the emails involved were from one Nicaragua resident to another. But they apparently used a US email provider like Gmail, so the US government had access to the messages.

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