Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers on Every User
It then manages those strands of data by creating dossiers on every Internet user, providing the government with "names, addresses, conversation histories and entire archives of email inboxes."
And, of course, all of this data is collected and kept on innocent people without a warrant or any probable cause.
This explosive report comes the same day that the NSA held a classified briefing for members of Congress where they admit to listening to phone calls within the United States without a warrant.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat,
disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members
of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call
could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding
Nadler told CNET that the "same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages."
other words, the NSA claims the authority to listen to
any call or read any email based on the whims of an
analyst, not a court order based on probable cause.
All of these recent revelations seem to confirm the worst fears of civil liberties groups. The American government is indeed listening to our phone calls and reading our emails without a warrant and little to no oversight to how this information is accessed or used.
What's even worse, they're building dossiers on all Americans to be tapped whenever one of the hundreds of thousands of analysts decides to, and all of it occurs in secret.
This is perhaps the most egregious breach of the
public's trust in the history of the United States. The
government operates with complete secrecy while knowing
all private information about its citizens.
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