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Forum Post: Breaking News Washington Post: U.S. intelligence extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails - tracking movements & contacts

Posted 4 years ago on June 6, 2013, 6:44 p.m. EST by therising (6643)
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U.S. intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program.


The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.

The highly classified program, code-named PRISM, has not been disclosed publicly before. Its establishment in 2007 and six years of exponential growth took place beneath the surface of a roiling debate over the boundaries of surveillance and privacy. Even late last year, when critics of the foreign intelligence statute argued for changes, the only members of Congress who know about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.

An internal presentation on the Silicon Valley operation, intended for senior analysts in the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, described the new tool as * the most prolific contributor to the President’s Daily Brief * , which cited PRISM data in 1,477 articles last year. According to the briefing slides, obtained by The Washington Post, “NSA reporting increasingly relies on PRISM” as its leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.

FULL ARTICLE HERE - - Well worth reading: http://wapo.st/1888aNq



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[-] 2 points by grapes (5157) 4 years ago

The N.S.A. had been doing electronic surveillance without warrants for many decades. Why is everyone sounding so surprised about its going after the treasure troves of information in servers, especially after the knee-jerk reactions from the perennial undeclared "war on terror"? It seemed like a job stimulus program to me.

If it is any consolation at all, with the amount of data involved people can rest assured that computers are doing the filtering and knowing how great 'lazy' programmers can be, we can very well believe that there is nearly no partiality due to very few special cases (even for the demigods - the late Senator Kennedy was on the no-fly list, by Jove!) programmed.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 4 years ago

Psychotic behavior. All about exerting control. Control that no entity should have.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

BTW - if you have a vid cam on or attached to your computer? cover it when not in use - unless you don't care - because it as well as the mic can be turned on from outside.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

It was announced on PBS that they are going to do that with the top 5 internet servers. 5 or 9 it is so wrong either way.

Funny coincidence - I had to wait 20 minutes to post this comment because the internet connection was out.

Been losing the connection quite regularly the last couple of weeks.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 4 years ago

Likely, their data base gags up an ordered list of malcontents.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Hell they don't need a computer generated list - when you consider how the government has been screwing the public - all they should need is a phone book from any area in the USA.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 4 years ago


[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

And so the professionally paranoid keep going down the trail of insanity.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5157) 4 years ago

Where would be the job creation if it were that simple? Jobs, jobs, jobs, stupid, we cannot let the phone companies steal the show, right?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33491) from Coon Rapids, MN 4 years ago

Oooooo - check this. Often times the abused will not speak out until the day they finally act/react to the years and decades of abuse.

That must have the professionally paranoid climbing the walls.

They can hack phone systems and the internet - but the majority of those that should be worrying them - well - they aren't talking.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 4 years ago

This house of cards is about to come down. You can feel it. Its foundation is hollowed out like the wooden beams in a basement eaten by termites. Oh, the house still stands there looking mighty solid, but in the blink of an eye it can all fall down. And, it happens. Throughout history. Here we go again...

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 4 years ago