When You Text, Make Sure to Say ‘Hello’ to the NSA

Wait, didn’t they claim it was all a ‘mistake’?

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep:

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.

The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their contacts – is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK’s Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of “untargeted and unwarranted” communications belonging to people in the UK.

According to a scumbag U.S. District judge— William H. Pauley—, NSA snooping into your phone is perfectly legal. His reasoning: “This blunt tool only works because it collects everything.”

The secret court that oversees intelligence activities renewed its approval of the NSA’s phone spying program, granting them a three-month window to collect data on all Americans’ phone calls.

Even your garage doors aren’t safe from NSA hacking.

In the NSA spys on EVERYONE Dept:

The NSA provided a preliminary response Saturday that said Congress has “the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons.”

“NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of U.S. persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons,” said the agency in a statement obtained by CNN.

Think you’re safe if your computer is turned off? Well, the NSA has a solution for that:

The National Security Agency has placed software on nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines using radio frequency technology….

The secret technology allows the agency to gain access to computers that other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks, even if they aren’t connected to the Internet, (according to) NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials.

……the technology, used by the agency for several years, relies on radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted covertly into the computers. The NSA said that the technology has not been used in computers in the U.S.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told Fox News in a written statement that any implication that the agency’s programs are “arbitrary and unconstrained” are false.

Yeah, right. The ostensible purpose is to target Iran’s nuclear facilities,  to monitor units of the Chinese Army, the Russian military, drug cartels, trade institutions inside the European Union, and countries like Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan.  All well and good, but you know damned well they collect on everyone, regardless.

Stewart Baker, former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security and General Counsel for the NSA, sees nothing wrong with the abuse of the privacy of innocent people, and blames those who want to protect civil liberties for 9/11.   Got that? This fuckwad blames the Bill of Rights instead of  the incompetence (Bubba Clinton’s, in particular) that led up to the muslim’s terrorist attack on our soil.

An unnamed NSA official remarked to Foreign Policy contributing editor and international politics professor Daniel Drezner, that he would like to “reform the First Amendment”.

You get the gist.

These thugs have their noses into every aspect of your life, Constitution be damned, and they have no remorse.

George W. Bush used surveillance to target specific internal terrorist threats; Obama uses it to target political opponents.

A link to the NSA’s organization chart: HERE.

More HERE.

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