New revelations from former security contractor Edward Snowden that US intelligence agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool have come to light, as lawmakers put secret surveillance programs under greater scrutiny.
The latest revelations follow-on from The Guardian’s stella expose on our privacy, that it’s no longer our own, causing huge public outcry, the tinfoil-hat brigade is in a furore, normal folk have become concerned at what governments are peering at, and most importantly the nefarious are sat back gobsmacked. PRISM, if your at all shocked that such government devices exist, your naive; if your angry, then your possibly delusional.
The Guardian, citing documents from Snowden, published National Security Agency (NSA) training materials for the XKeyscore program, which the newspaper described as the NSA’s widest-reaching system that covers “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet”.
Intelligence analysts can conduct surveillance through XKeyscore by filling in an on-screen form giving only a “broad justification” for the search and no review by a court or NSA staff, the Guardian said ::::
Snowden’s revelations that US intelligence agencies collected data on phone calls and other communications of Americans and foreign citizens as a tool to fight terrorism have sparked uproar in the United States and abroad.
Intelligence officials say the programs helped thwart terrorist attacks.
“The implication that NSA’s collection is arbitrary and unconstrained is false,” the agency said in response to the Guardian’s new report, calling XKeyscore part of “NSA’s lawful foreign signals intelligence collection system.”
Lawmakers have called for greater oversight of the vast surveillance system, which expanded rapidly after the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.
Intelligence officials were grilled at a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday (local time) about their data gathering, the lack of transparency and security lapses that let Snowden get away with so much data.
Snowden, who has been charged under the US espionage act and had his passport revoked, left Hong Kong more than a month ago and is stuck in limbo at a Moscow airport while seeking asylum in Russia, which has refused to extradite him.
The latest leak of classified information came as the director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents in the “interest of increased transparency,” which explained the bulk collection of phone data – one of the secret surveillance programs revealed by Snowden two months ago.
Much of what is contained in the newly declassified documents already has been divulged in public hearings by intelligence officials as opposition to the government’s sweeping data collection programs has been growing.
Snowden also revealed details about the scope of the US PRISM program, which allowed the NSA and FBI to track an individual’s web presence.
FBI Asked Snowden’s Father to go to Moscow
Meanwhile, Snowden’s father says the FBI has asked him to visit his son in the Moscow airport. Lon Snowden told Russian state television he fears his son will not get a fair trial in the US. He says his son acted valiantly by leaking classified information about US government surveillance.
“My son is a principled young man. He’s a man of courage and what he saw he could not live with, it was a moral hazard,” he said. “I know that I raised him to do the right thing, (but) sometimes the right thing means personal sacrifice and that’s what he did, so absolutely I am proud of my son.”
The interview was broadcast live early in the morning on Rossiya 24, the state-owned 24-hour news channel.
Speaking English, but with a Russian translation, Mr Snowden said the FBI had asked him several weeks ago to fly to Moscow to see his son.
But Mr Snowden, who has had no direct contact with his son, says he would not be an “emotional tool” for the US authorities.
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The Guardian’s revelations that our privacy is no longer our own has caused huge public outcry, the tinfoil-hat brigade is in a furore, normal folk have become concerned at what governments are peering at, and most importantly the nefarious are sat back gobsmacked. PRISM, if your at all shocked that such government devices exist, your naive; if your angry, then your possibly delusional.
RANT WARNING! Our freedom, our ability to stroll the streets or fly the airways, is almost entirely reliant on a – very real – war on terrorism. As news flashes across our television sets – Syria – and our soldiers return from the fronts of war – Afghanistan – we perhaps need to pause and consider what price that freedom has cost. If we aren’t thankful that we weren’t one of the 3 thousand troops who gave their lives in the name of democracy in Afghanistan then perhaps we’ve become disconnected.
Exagerated outcries like, “Even if your not doing anything wrong, your being watched.” aren’t helpful
The graphic images of war and death beamed to us by television networks isn’t an example of what we face, it’s what we face. And what privacies have we given up – in order that our streets don’t look like a Boston Bombing – someone reading our emails, a government employee checking over our social media posts or an analyst trawling though our text messages, again, what have you lost? Certainly not your life – unlike the 3000 lives lost on September 11 2001, you can surely be thankful that you weren’t one of the 20,0000 patriots who were wounded in the line of duty, defending our freedom to like on Facebook and plus on Google.
No, it seems that the cost of surveillance on the general population is naught! Unless of course you have something to hide, or wear a tinfoil-hat. While I don’t disagree that The Guardian has done a splendid job revealing PRISM, and presenting the world with another anti-espionage proponent – Edward Snowden – what have they truly given us, a safer community, more freedom? This author thinks not. Truth and lies, are very personal, we tend to take a lack of trust – or being lied to – as an infringement on our own integrity. Being deceived isn’t what this is about, it’s much much bigger than our individual integrity, it’s about our safety as a society.
Consider: What happens if our government can’t protect us? Who would replace our spy agencies, Ghostbusters or James Bond? If we wait for Google or Facebook to offer up nefarious, badly intentioned users, how quickly would that happen?
Sounds dramatic!? Google has been in control of the internet for the past decade, the search behemoth has the longest and deepest reach of any single entity on the web, it’s tasked itself with knowing where everything is, categorizing, itemizing, tagging and listing EVERYTHING that’s published on our electronic highway, right? So why has it taken Google 10 years to come up with the righteous ideal of dismantling child pornography on the internet? they knew where it was, they’ve tagged most all of the illegal images that exist! What’s stopped Google from handing this data onto law enforcement? It’s not what they do, what Google, Facebook and the like do is sell advertising, paedophiles, and indeed terrorists are customers. Google and Facebook look-out for profit, it’s government we’ve charged with looking-out for us…
A Quick Catch-up! June 7 20113: The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill reported that PRISM was the source for more than 2,000 intelligence reports each month. More than 24,000 reports were issued in 2012. A total of 77,000 intelligence reports have cited PRISM since the program began six years ago.
US intelligence agencies are accessing the servers of nine internet giants as part of a secret data mining program, according to reports from the US and Britain. The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency NSA and FBI had direct access to servers which allowed them to track an individual’s web presence via audio, video, photographs, emails and connection logs.
Seems ALL of Silicon Valley’s behemoths are involved in the program, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Apple, PalTalk, AOL, Skype and YouTube, amusingly they’ve ALL denied any participation in the program. Presently, Twitter seems to be the ONLY techbehemoth NOT taking part in PRISM?
The USA’s number one spy James R. Clapper said the stories contained “numerous inaccuracies,” but he did not offer any details. And he said the law that allowed US government agencies to collect communications from internet companies only permitted the targeting of “non-US persons” outside the United States. According to the Director of National Intelligence – James Clapper – PRISM can’t be used to intentionally target any Americans or anyone in the United States. Clapper said a special court, Congress, and the executive branch oversee the program and extensive procedures ensure the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of data accidentally collected about Americans is kept to a minimum. Clapper issued a statement and “fact sheet” to correct what he characterized as “significant misimpressions” in articles by The Washington Post and The Guardian. :: Read the full article »»»»
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