New Massive Surveillance Program Revealed Of Emails, Photos, and Other Communications Of U.S. Citizens

President_Barack_ObamaIn the wake of the disclosure of a massive surveillance program ordered by the Obama Administration of all calls by all citizens using Verizon, there is a new disclosure of an equally large data-mining operation where the government has seized e-mail, photos and other private communications from some of the biggest Internet companies.  Even in the wake of the attack on the free press and the surveillance of all citizens in the Verizon scandal, Democratic leaders are rallying around Obama in the rejection of the least remnants of principle in the party.  We are now at the tipping point for a free nation as President Obama and leaders like Dianne Feinstein assure citizens that there is nothing to fear in our new fishbowl society.

According to the media reports, the government demanded and received access to nine major firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook under the program called PRISM. The article states that the program has been running since 2007 and has undergone “exponential growth.”

When confronted over the massive government surveillance, Feinstein was dismissive and said “It’s called protecting America”. Others would call it the harbinger to an authoritarian state but Feinstein has long been criticized for her presumed knowledge of the torture program and other abuses of civil liberties.

These programs reveal the creation of huge databanks that can be used to make the movements and associations transparent to the government. After years of apathy and blind loyalty to Obama, these scandals will test whether Americans have any remaining commitment to privacy and civil liberties in the face of the mantra (repeated today by the Administration) that these programs make them safer.

As in the past, Congress has proven a willing participant in the erosion of civil liberties. It will be up to citizens whether we go quietly into this night. As I previously wrote, it is becoming increasingly difficult to call this the “land of the free” as we allow the rise of security state in this country.

By the way, you may remember Obama running for president the first time in the aftermath of reports of the NSA mining Internet communications. He promised voters: “For one thing, under an Obama presidency, Americans will be able to leave behind the era of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and “wiretaps without warrants.” He would now make Richard Nixon blush.

Source: CNN

125 thoughts on “New Massive Surveillance Program Revealed Of Emails, Photos, and Other Communications Of U.S. Citizens”

  1. Here we go:

    NSA Leaks Investigation Report Filed

    Reuters | Posted: 06/08/2013 9:34 pm EDT

    WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. intelligence agency formally requested a criminal probe on Saturday into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, a spokesman for the intelligence czar’s office said.

    A “crimes report has been filed,” said Shawn Turner, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The report, which goes to the U.S. Justice Department, was filed by the super-secret NSA, he said.

    (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Writing by Warren Strobel; Editing by Peter Cooney)

  2. Joy, I was being very sarcastic w/ my comments. I assure you we’re sympatico on this.

  3. The NSA invented the Dogalogue Machine, or its precursor the DolphinLogue Machine. So, I cant speak without having some thanks for their technology. Dolphins make good spies. Dogs are just eyes and ears for blind and deaf guys. But, in previous comments gong back several months I made allusion to The 1933 Parallels. The Reichstag Fire resulted in the Reichstag Fire Decree issued by President von Hindenberg. The similarity between the Reichstag Fire and the 9/11 Twin Towers is scary. The Reichstag Fire Decree ended civil liberties and resulted in the genocide and Holocaust. The Patriot Act is the parallel. It is not just a slippery slope. We are going to Hell in the handbasket.

  4. Anon Posted: The NSA is a humanitarian organization. Its real name is: Surveillance without Borders. Be certain to make a donation!

  5. Mr. Spinelli, wake up and STOP making excuses for the current criminal in the white house. Really. Time for an ice water plunge, head first!

  6. Just posted by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill

    Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data

    Revealed: The NSA’s powerful tool for cataloging data – including figures on US collection

    • Boundless Informant: mission outlined in four slides
    • Read the NSA’s frequently asked questions document

    Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, Saturday 8 June 2013 15.10 EDT

    The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications.

    The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.

    The focus of the internal NSA tool is on counting and categorizing the records of communications, known as metadata, rather than the content of an email or instant message.

    The Boundless Informant documents show the agency collecting almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013. One document says it is designed to give NSA officials answers to questions like, “What type of coverage do we have on country X” in “near real-time by asking the SIGINT [signals intelligence] infrastructure.”

    An NSA factsheet about the program, acquired by the Guardian, says: “The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country.”

    Under the heading “Sample use cases”, the factsheet also states the tool shows information including: “How many records (and what type) are collected against a particular country.”

    A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA “global heat map” seen by the Guardian, shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97bn pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide.
    boundless heatmap The heat map reveals how much data is being collected from around the world.

    Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14bn reports in that period, followed by 13.5bn from Pakistan. Jordan, one of America’s closest Arab allies, came third with 12.7bn, Egypt fourth with 7.6bn and India fifth with 6.3bn.

    The heatmap gives each nation a color code based on how extensively it is subjected to NSA surveillance. The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance).


  7. Not a surprise to some:

    NSA whistleblower: ‘Mass surveillance makes intelligence community less efficient’

    Published time: June 08, 2013 01:46

    While the intelligence community has succeeded in duping the US administration into allowing mass surveillance, it did not help improve national security at all, former NSA analyst William Binney told RT.

    William Binney, who worked for the NSA for over 30 years as a cryptanalyst-mathematician but resigned in 2001 as a whistleblower, explained why the notion that mass surveillance is necessary in order to combat terrorism is false.

    RT: You have first hand knowledge on how the NSA works, is this just the tip of the iceberg?

    William Binney: Well, in terms of the number of companies in the amount of data, yes that’s pretty much the case. It’s a direct violation of the constitution, that’s why I left the NSA in 2001. They started to do this, and that’s why I left. I could not stay there and be a party to the violation of my constitution, plus it was in violation of any number of laws at the time.

    RT: President Obama has said that the invasion of privacy is done in the name of security, is he right about that? Does mass surveillance help security?

    WB: No, it doesn’t. In fact it adds more of a problem because what that means, quite simply, is that if you go into a larger database, you get more data back no matter what the query is. It’s like making a query with Google. If you go in with a Google query you can get tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands or even a million returns. Well, there’s no way you can go through that, all of that, to see what you’re really interested in. So what that does is make them less proficient at doing their jobs.


  8. J,

    This goes way, way beyond mere metadata as you may know. And it goes beyond virtual surveillance.

  9. I know they’re listening, but wouldn’t it be great if someone were to get their hands on one or more of these fascist senators’ metadata so we can all see who they’re talking to, for how long, and where they are. I mean, after all, there’s no expectation of privacy attached to that info, right? If they have nothing to hide, it shouldn’t bother them. Or does that rationale only apply to the rest of us?

  10. Obama may be impeached over this. -Indigo Jones

    When the program of which I’m aware finally see the light of day, he’ll go the way of Nixon, IMO. He’ll probably skate without being impeached because the Bush/Cheney gang ramped this sh*t up.

    ” Dumb, spineless Democrats should have impeached/investigated the Bush Administration when they had the chance. ” -Indigo


    I wonder sometimes if they’re really spineless, or conscious co-conspirators. In either case, they’ve sold us down the river. -Indigo

    “Conscious co-conspirators” is my take…

    And, yes, yes, yes… “they’ve sold us down the river”, big-time.

  11. Obama may be impeached over this. Dumb, spineless Democrats should have impeached/investigated the Bush Administration when they had the chance. Instead Nancy Pelosi took impeachment “off the table” after the Democrats regained the legislature. I wonder sometimes if they’re really spineless, or conscious co-conspirators. In either case, they’ve sold us down the river.

  12. Nathanael,

    Please consider that the death penalty is an expression of human cruelty towards other humans. IMO, we are suffering as a society because human cruelty is both tolerated and encouraged by a complacent, power worshiping people. If we are going to get out of the mess we are in, we will not get there through use of force or by being cruel.

    We need to repudiate cruelty. We need to return to the rule of law.

    Anon Posted, I’m going for liar. Obama’s out there threatening anyone who dares leak or question. That tells me everything I need to know to answer the question about lies. You don’t make threats against people when you’re telling the truth.

  13. James Knauer: even if no US Attorney does their duty, *any grand jury* can indict *all of them* on its own. They don’t need the DAs. Grand juries have huge powers and judges are lying to them about it.

  14. This is not merely impeachment worthy.

    This is execution worthy. Obama, Holder, Clapper, Vinson, and a looooong list of other people have done *exactly what bin Laden wanted them to do*: “revealed the hypocrisy” of “Western” claims of freedom by grossly violating the 1st and 4th amendments. Among others.

    They need to die for their treason. But first we have to get a grand jury to indict them.

  15. I again tried to post a comment… and it’s gone…

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