NSA Claims Massive New Surveillance P...

NSA Claims Massive New Surveillance Powers, Snowden Docs Reveal

Posted in the Chicago Forum

Joe Wolverton

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 1, 2014
Tuesday, 01 July 2014
NSA Claims Massive New Surveillance Powers, Snowden Docs Reveal
Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
NSA Claims Massive New Surveillance Powers, Snowden Docs Reveal
The National Security Agency (NSA) is actively conducting wholesale surveillance of communication in nearly every country around the world, and a secret court has said it has the authority to do so.
Top secret documents released by former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden reveal that the United States has what the Washington Post described in a June 30 exposé as “broad no-spying arrangements” with the governments of four nations: Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. With the United States, this select group is known collectively as the Five Eyes.
As of 2010, the new cache discloses, those restrictions have been loosened by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the so-called FISA Court). Under the more liberal guidelines given the green light by the secret court, NSA can “intercept through U.S. companies not just the communications of its overseas targets but any communications about its targets as well.”
Beyond the foreign countries targeted for NSA surveillance, the Washington Post reports that the agency asked for and received permission to collect communications to and from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
While the Washington Post points out that the NSA isn’t necessarily exercising the immense authority granted to it by the FISA Court, that is immaterial. It is anathema to the principles of limited government and personal liberty upon which this Republic is founded for any department of the federal government to possess power to deprive potentially millions of people of their right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
There is an aspect of the Post’s latest Snowden disclosure that is being overlooked or dismissed by most mainstream news outlets: namely, that the FISA Court has determined that Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act grants the NSA power to cast this massive international surveillance dragnet.
Of course, most people are not surprised to learn that the NSA is spying on nearly every country in the world. That’s not the point, though.
For over a year now, various representatives of the federal surveillance apparatus have sworn that Section 702 contained certificates of surveillance in only three distinct areas: counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and cybersecurity. As of Monday’s revelations, however, we now know that these officials have been lying.
And the path of prevarication leads all the way to the White House. Last December, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies listed only the three certificates cited above, notably omitting any mention of the 193-country collection of communications. The group reported:
Section 702 authorized the FISC to approve annual certifications submitted by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) that identify certain categories of foreign intelligence targets whose communications may be collected, subject to FISC-approved targeting and minimization procedures. The categories of targets specified by these certifications typically consist of, for example, international terrorists and individuals involved in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”http://www.thenew american.com/usnews/constituti on/item/18602-nsa-claims-massi ve-new-surveillance-powers-sno wden-docs-reveal

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Chicago Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Barack Obama, our next President (Nov '08) 3 min Antonio Veciana 1,728,496
{keep A word drop A word} (Oct '11) 50 min RACE 12,079
Trump is A 51 min Chilli J 517
Last word + 2 (Mar '12) 53 min RACE 1,033
Four letter word game (Dec '11) 54 min RACE 2,549
Word (Dec '08) 57 min RACE 6,933
Double Word Game (Dec '11) 58 min RACE 3,760

Chicago Jobs

Personal Finance

Chicago Mortgages