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Forum Post: Israeli Narus and Verint collecting US citizens data for the NSA

Posted 10 months ago on June 8, 2013, 1:28 p.m. EST by gmxusa (270)
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Haaretz - Were Israeli companies Verint and Narus the ones that collected information from the U.S. communications network for the National Security Agency?

The question arises amid controversy over revelations that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans every day, creating a database through which it can learn whether terror suspects have been in contact with people in the United States. It also was disclosed this week that the NSA has been gathering all internet usage - audio, video, photographs, emails and searches - from nine major U.S. Internet providers, including Microsoft and Google, in hopes of detecting suspicious behavior that begins overseas.

According to an article in the American technology magazine "Wired" from April 2012, two Israeli companies – which the magazine describes as having close connections to the Israeli security community – conduct bugging and wiretapping for the NSA.

Verint, which took over its parent company Comverse Technology earlier this year, is responsible for tapping the communication lines of the American telephone giant Verizon, according to a past Verizon employee sited by James Bamford in Wired. Neither Verint nor Verizon commented on the matter.

Natus, which was acquired in 2010 by the American company Boeing, supplied the software and hardware used at AT&T wiretapping rooms, according to whistleblower Mark Klein, who revealed the information in 2004. Klein, a past technician at AT&T who filed a suit against the company for spying on its customers, revealed a "secret room" in the company's San Fransisco office, where the NSA collected data on American citizens' telephone calls and Internet surfing.

Klein's claims were reinforced by former NSA employee Thomas Drake who testified that the agency uses a program produced by Narus to save the personal electrical communications of AT&T customers.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/how-was-israel-involved-in-collecting-u-s-communications-intel-for-nsa-1.528529

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[-] 4 points by Nevada1 (4020) 10 months ago

The issue just keeps getting worse. Outsourcing surveillance work to Israeli companies, gives the Israeli government an opportunity to manipulate the USG.

[-] 4 points by lester06 (28) 10 months ago

But none dare call it treason. AIPAC, unregistered foreign agents, has much more power than a mere lobbying organization. Could Israeli companies be passing blackmailable info to the Israeli government? How did the evil Netanyahu get so many standing ovations anyway?

The full article plus comments: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35215.htm .

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4020) 10 months ago

You made some good points here. Good article.

[-] 2 points by lester06 (28) 10 months ago

I wonder how they turned up the pressure on Bubba ( http://occupywallst.org/forum/syria-breaking-news/#comment-979897 ).

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17666) 10 months ago

A rather interesting and also an arguably alarming forum-post, which I am cross linking here with :

Thanx 'gmxusa' for your important forum-post and link and sincere solidarity @ Edward Snowden :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 2 points by gmxusa (270) 9 months ago

Good links shadz, but none from the main stream media?

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17666) 9 months ago

Nope - and here's why perhaps ... ''America has a secret. It is not discussed in polite company or at the dinner tables of the powerful, rich and famous.

''Parents do not teach it to their children. Best-selling authors do not write about it. Politicians and government officials ignore it. Intellectuals avoid it. High school and college textbooks do not refer to it. TV pundits do not comment on it. Teachers do not teach it. Journalists from the nation's most highly regarded TV news shows, newspapers and magazines, do not report it. Columnists do not opine about it. Editorial writers do not editorialize about it. Religious leaders do not sermonize about it. Think tanks and professors do not study it. Lawyers do not litigate it and judges do not rule on it.

''The courageous few who do not keep this secret, who try to break through to their fellow citizens about it, are marginalized and ignored by society at large.'' excerpted (at a slight tangent) from :

''Only in America could leaders convince their citizens they are not launching an aggressive war when they unilaterally attack foreign nations thousands of miles away which pose no serious threat to them.''

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by WSmith (5271) from Cornelius, OR 10 months ago

In 1989 I wrote a column declaring Big Brother had arrived but in the Private Sector instead of Government. Most will probably not listen now either.

[-] 1 points by grapes (2602) 10 months ago

Let us not forget the Cambridge company or companies, either.

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