Saturday, December 28, 2013

Snoopers at NSA — Weasels with a Long History

Historical Logo — George Orwell Would Love It
(Snowden is in Russia, so this applies: cтарший брат)

Introduction to the story from Electronic Frontier Foundation, in part:  

All of the evidence found in this timeline can also be found in the Summary of Evidence we submitted to the court in Jewel v. National Security Agency (NSA).

It is intended to recall all the credible accounts and information of the NSA's domestic spying program found in the media, congressional testimony, books, and court actions.

The timeline also includes documents leaked by the Guardian in June 2013 that confirmed the domestic spying by the NSA. The documents range from a Top Secret Court Order by the secret court overseeing the spying, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court), to a working draft of an NSA Inspector General report detailing the history of the program. 

Continue at the link – it is extensive and rewarding, and story that needs close tracking especially in view of this recent court ruling by a federal judge who said that a National Security Agency program that collects enormous troves of phone records is legal, making the latest contribution to an extraordinary debate among courts and a presidential review group about how to balance security and privacy in the era of big data.

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