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90% of People the NSA Spies on Are Not Real Targets, Report Says

David Smothers July 7, 2014

The National Security Agency’s wide-reaching Internet surveillance dragnet sweeps up more ordinary Internet users’ communications than previously thought, according to a new report. Nine out of 10 people on which the NSA spied were not actually the intended targets of its surveillance, and nearly half of the surveillance files either belonged to U.S. citizens or… Continue Reading »

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Report: Spies use smartphone apps to track people

David Smothers January 27, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in the apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents, published by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica, suggest that the mapping, gaming, and social networking apps available on smartphones can feed America’s… Continue Reading »

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Eric Schmidt Says Government Surveillance Is Just Part of Our Society

David Smothers September 14, 2013

Since the whole PRISM thing blew up, and dozens of other Snowden revelations followed it, there’s been a lot of talk about government spying—foreign stuff and domestic survellience—and what these revelations mean. According to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, not much; this is just part of our society now. In an event hosted by the… Continue Reading »

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The NSA Is Collecting Emails and Texts for Just Mentioning “Targets”

David Smothers August 8, 2013

There’s a story in the New York Times today that details how the NSA hasn’t just been tracking communications to and from (potential) foreigners of interest—it’s actually tracking all emails and text messages that potentially mention these targets. That dragnet just got a lot wider. This is the actualization of the tired and at one… Continue Reading »

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Let’s Talk About FAIRVIEW, the NSA’s Plan to “Own the Internet”

David Smothers July 12, 2013

At this point in time, everyone is properly upset about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program and the seemingly endless surveillance it enabled. But guess what? It’s not the only one. Sprinkled in the NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden are some details about FAIRVIEW, a sort of international version of PRISM. Along with a… Continue Reading »

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Obama: Secret Court System for NSA Spying Is “Transparent”

David Smothers June 18, 2013

The FISA court system, the proceedings of which are closed to the public and the records of which are classified, is “transparent,” President Obama told Charlie Rose in an interview broadcast on PBS last night: It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court. Look, the whole point of my concern, before I… Continue Reading »

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Snowden: No Higher Honor Than Being Called a Traitor by Dick Cheney

David Smothers June 17, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, still hidden somewhere in Hong Kong, emerged briefly for a live Guardian chat today, accusing tech companies of issuing “misleading” statements and re-asserting previous claims about warrantless wiretapping. He also burned Dick Cheney. Snowden, who revealed himself a little over a week ago as the source of NSA documents leaked to… Continue Reading »

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