[Rushtalk] YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK - YOU SHOULD BE VERY AFRAID
cwsiv at keepandbeararms.com
Sun Nov 10 18:30:58 MST 2013
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
Why the gov't source leaked PRISM
By DYLAN BYERS |
6/6/13 6:28 PM EDT
The Washington Post has published a remarkable report showing that the
National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have
been monitoring the central servers of major Internet companies --
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and
Apple -- and "extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents
and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements
and contacts over time."
Why did a government source leak information of this program, dubbed
"PRISM," to the Post? What follows is perhaps the most chilling
paragraph I've read to date about U.S. government surveillance:
Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their
capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to
provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials
to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be
a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch
your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.
In the wake of last night's Guardian report about the NSA's collection
of Verizon phone user metadata, the New York Times editorial board
argued that the Obama administration "has now lost all credibility" in
defending its abuses of executive power. That was before the report
about PRISM, which unlike the Verizon metadata, includes surveillance of
“'They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,' the
If that doesn't make you uncomfortable, it should.
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