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MAIN FOCUS: US government’s spy programme uncovered | 10/06/2013

After the revelations about the surveillance programme Prism, an employee of the US National Security Agency on Sunday revealed that he was the one who leaked details to the press. The newspapers The Washington Post and The Guardian reported on Friday that in addition to recording telephone data, the US government also systematically combed through the user data held by large Internet firms. Such Big Brother behaviour undermines the rule of law, critics comment, and accuse the former beacon of hope Obama of employing Chinese methods.

 

Intel Director Sets Record Straight on PRISM, Sort Of

Following a two-day storm of media headlines and company denials, the director of national intelligence has finally fully entered the fray to release a FAQ setting the record straight on the nature of its PRISM program.

What Prism slide-presentation means by “direct access” to Internet giants’ servers

At Techdirt, Mike Masnick has further thoughts on the NYT piece on Prism, in which they try to resolve the contradiction between the NSA and Obama’s admission that Prism exists and the leaked NSA slide deck is real, and the categorical (and eerily similar) denials from the companies involved (as well as Twitter’s glaring absence from the list of cooperating companies):

New NSA leak: BOUNDLESSINFORMANT documents the extent of NSA spying around the world

In the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill leak a description of another NSA top-secret program, this one codenamed “BOUNDLESSINFORMANT.”

 

NSA whistleblower goes public

Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old NSA contractor and ex-CIA employee, has revealed that he is behind the series of leaks that have appeared in the Guardian and Washington Post this weekend, which detailed top-secret, over-reaching, and arguably criminal surveillance programs run by America’s spies with the cooperation of the Obama administration.

This is, hands down, the scariest part of the NSA revelations

Forget PRISM, the National Security Agency’s system to help extract data from Google, Facebook, and the like. The more frightening secret program unearthed by the NSA leaks is the gathering and storing of millions of phone records and phone-location information of U.S. citizens.

 

The Guardian’s NSA Whistleblower Reveals Himself: Edward Snowden

The source for British newspaper The Guardian’s recent groundbreaking reports on the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices unexpected revealed himself Sunday as Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Booz Allen Hamilton employee who’s been working at the NSA for four years.

The NSA was already on to Edward Snowden before his PRISM leaks went public

In an unexpected twist to the PRISM scandal, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forward to identify himself to the world on Sunday, and further details continue to emerge, including the fact that authorities were already looking into him before any leaks were reported.

87 Months in Prison for Copyright Infringement: Fair Sentence or Utter Madness?Following an investigation carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assisted by Microsoft and the BSA, a man from Baltimore is just beginning a very long stretch behind bars.

Boundless Informant’ Is a Secret NSA Tool to Data-Mine the World

The NSA has a tool that records and analyzes all the flow of data that the spy agency collects around the world. Think of it as a global data-mining software that details exactly how much intelligence, and of what type, has been collected from every country in the world. It’s aptly called “Boundless Informant.”

 

Matters of principle

America is supposed to be a nation governed by principles, which are undergirded by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and carried into law. The discussion about the government and its capture of *our* data should be held on the level of principles.

 

PRISM Logo: Please Share

Not only did the NSA try to keep PRISM, their massive and unconstitutional domestic spying operation, a secret, they are still trying to silence those who seek to draw attention to it.  Gawker reports that last night a guy trying to sell tee-shirts with the official PRISM logo on it through Zazzle got a cease and desist letter and his store was shut down.

Leaked slide refutes US Internet companies claims and shows data is collected ?directly from? their servers

The idea that US-based Internet companies are not directly supplying information to the US government and its intelligence agencies took a hit today with the release of a new slide detailing the PRISM program by Tom McCarthy on the Guardian: it states directly that direct access of servers exists.

PRISM: Does the NSA Really Get Direct Access to Your Data?

Confusion surrounding the secret NSA surveillance program PRISM continues. Can theNSA really access Internet companies’ user data directly, like the initial reports about PRISM suggested?

meandering thoughts on the NSA scandal

As an activist, a geek, and a privacy scholar, I?ve been watching the NSA scandal unfold with a mixture of curiosity, outrage, and skepticism. I don?t feel as though I have enough information yet to make an informed opinion about exactly what the State is doing or how tech companies are involved, let alone the implications of these procedures. But one thing I do know is that most Americans are going to shrug their shoulders and move on while most of my friends are going to rally for increased transparency, governmental oversight, corporate commitments to resist governmental abuse, and efforts to better inform the public. And although I share all of their values and desires, I also feel the need to reflect on why I think that our activism as it is currently constructed is not going to rally the mainstream.

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