Archive for August 2014

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

Just in case you are unclear how deeply integrated into the US Government agencies that the tracking of individual American citizens and probably every world citizen that has any electronic interaction has become, and how comprehensive the lie by Keith Alexander, then head of the NSA, to the US Senate was about tracking American citizens a little over a year ago when he said there was NO such tracking, I suggest you read this article from the Intercept.

I quote:

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.

ICREACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Details about its existence are contained in the archive of materials provided to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The scale of this is almost unimaginable. Your privacy, if it ever existed, is a thing of the past. Read on…

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