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NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post

NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post
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Coincés dans la surveillance électronique Une fois « que l’on a fait de la lutte contre le terrorisme la priorité des gouvernements», et posé que le terroriste « se cache dans la population », on voit mal, constate la philosophe Marie Goupy, comment les Etats « pourraient se passer d’un outil aussi puissant et discret que celui des technologies de surveillance de masse. » A la suite de révélations en cascades sur l’espionnage des communications téléphoniques et électroniques par les services de renseignement américains, et alors que se joue une incroyable chasse à l’homme contre la principale source de ces fuites, dont on peine à savoir s’il est un héros ou un traître, le lecteur demeure un peu confus. S’il y a scandale, c’est bien plutôt parce que l’espionnage concerne désormais non plus des individus ciblés, mais la masse de la population. Deux grandes affaires avaient pourtant déjà alerté sur les dangers d’une surveillance de masse désormais rendue possible par les progrès des outils technologiques.

U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said. These programs, whose participants are known as trusted partners, extend far beyond what was revealed by Edward Snowden, a computer technician who did work for the National Security Agency. The role of private companies has come under intense scrutiny since his disclosure this month that the NSA is collecting millions of U.S. residents’ telephone records and the computer communications of foreigners from Google Inc. (GOOG) and other Internet companies under court order. Makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies and many other companies also participate in the government programs. Close Open Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg Microsoft Bugs ‘Thank Them’

Secret to Prism program: Even bigger data seizure WASHINGTON (AP) — In the months and early years after 9/11, FBI agents began showing up at Microsoft Corp. more frequently than before, armed with court orders demanding information on customers. Around the world, government spies and eavesdroppers were tracking the email and Internet addresses used by suspected terrorists. Often, those trails led to the world's largest software company and, at the time, largest email provider. The agents wanted email archives, account information, practically everything, and quickly. Engineers compiled the data, sometimes by hand, and delivered it to the government. Often there was no easy way to tell if the information belonged to foreigners or Americans. Inside Microsoft, some called it "Hoovering" — not after the vacuum cleaner, but after J. This frenetic, manual process was the forerunner to Prism, the recently revealed highly classified National Security Agency program that seizes records from Internet companies. Congress approved it, with Sen.

NSA Swaps Information On You With Private Companies For More Information On You Freedom isn’t free. The National Security Agency along with the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies of the U.S. government has been swapping information with private companies. In exchange for private companies giving the intelligence agencies information on their users, the private companies receive access to classified intelligence. The Corporate State indeed. Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.These programs, whose participants are known as trusted partners, extend far beyond what was revealed by Edward Snowden, a computer technician who did work for the National Security Agency. No wonder the tech firms did not complain about spying on American citizens, they were getting compensation in the form of access to classified intel.

dophin11 : you can trust government... Mozilla wants 500 million users to tell government to 'stop watching us' - Wilmington Civil Rights Many companies, including some whose networks are allegedly involved, have condemned the recently revealed National Security Agency (NSA) program PRISM. Mozilla, a company that makes the popular Firefox web browser that has repeatedly taken a firm stance on Internet censorship and surveillance, joined with a variety of activist groups and other sites to found an anti-spying coalition. StopWatching.us launched on Tuesday, with the hope of gathering millions of signatures to a petition demanding the United States government stop such massive surveillance on the Internet and hold public officials accountable for these actions. Mozilla is not alone in taking this stance. StopWatching.us also plans on expanding the protest, so it’s not just signatures on a petition. “[E]xposures resulting from government-sponsored online surveillance are entirely separate from whether we choose to share information and what those sites say they will or will not do with our data. Do you like Capitalism?

NSA surveillance: anger mounts in Congress at 'spying on Americans' | World news Anger was mounting in Congress on Tuesday night as politicians, briefed for the first time after revelations about the government's surveillance dragnet, vowed to rein in a system that one said amounted to "spying on Americans". Intelligence chiefs and FBI officials had hoped that the closed-door briefing with a full meeting of the House of Representatives would help reassure members about the widespread collection of US phone records revealed by the Guardian. But senior figures from both parties emerged from the meeting alarmed at the extent of a surveillance program that many claimed never to have heard of until whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked a series of top-secret documents. The congressional fury came at the end of a day of fast-moving developments. • In a lawsuit filed in New York, the American Civil Liberties Union accused the US government of a process that was "akin to snatching every American's address book". The anger was apparent in both parties.

The ACLU files suit against the NSA’s phone records program, alleging constitutional infringement The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, has filed a lawsuit against the United States government over the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone spying program. The ACLU believes that such a surveillance program is a violation of the organization’s constitutional rights, specifically the first and fourth amendments. In perhaps one of the first challenges under a program that that the Obama administration has sustained and expanded, the ACLU lawsuit was filed on the basis that it is a customer of Verizon. The phone company was implicated in a story by The Guardian newspaper earlier this month for participating in a scheme to provide the NSA with customer records. Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU’s legal director, said in a statement: For those that may not know, the US Constitution’s first and fourth amendments guarantee the right of free speech and also the protection from unreasonable search and seizures, respectively.

Why the NSA Surveillance Program Isn't Like "The Wire" David Simon, creator of The Wire, got a lot of attention over the weekend for his defense of the NSA program that collects records of every phone call made in the United States. It's really nothing new, he says: Allow for a comparable example, dating to the early 1980s in a place called Baltimore, Maryland. There, city detectives once began to suspect that major traffickers were using a combination of public pay phones and digital pagers to communicate their business. And they took their suspicions to a judge and obtained court orders — not to monitor any particular suspect, but to instead cull the dialed numbers from the thousands and thousands of calls made to and from certain city pay phones. Think about it. authorized, detectives gleaned the numbers of digital pagers and they began monitoring the incoming digitized numbers on those pagers — even though they had yet to learn to whom those pagers belonged. Point taken. I'm guessing not. This cuts both ways in the debate.

Scandale du système de surveillance américain: Si vous avez raté le début... Qui est la taupe? Edward Snowden, 29 ans, travaillait depuis quatre ans à l'Agence nationale de sécurité (NSA) en tant qu'employé de divers sous-traitants, dont Dell ou Booz Allen Hamilton. Cet ancien technicien à la CIA - où il travaillait dans la sécurité des systèmes informatiques - a révélé lui-même être à l'origine des fuites sur le programme américain de surveillance des communications, peu après l'annonce de l'ouverture d'une enquête pour l'identifier. «Je n'ai aucune intention de me cacher parce que je sais que je n'ai rien fait de mal, a-t-il expliqué au Guardian. Mon unique objectif est d'informer les gens de ce qui est fait en leur nom et de ce qui est fait contre eux». Il y a trois semaines, il a donc quitté sa compagne alors qu'il menait une vie très confortable à Hawaï, avec un salaire de 200.000 dollars par an, pour se rendre à Hong Kong avant la révélation de ces fuites. Qu’a révélé Edward Snowden? Pourquoi cela met-il le feu aux poudres aux Etats-Unis? Avec AFP

Has the US become the type of nation from which you have to seek asylum? The whistleblower who disclosed classified documents regarding NSA surveillance to The Washington Post and the Guardian has gone public. He is Edward Snowden, 29, an employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Edward Snowden (The Guardian) Rather than face charges in the United States, Snowden has fled to Hong Kong. He plans to seek asylum in a nation with a strong civil liberties record, such as Iceland. Americans are familiar with stories of dissidents fleeing repressive regimes such as those in China or Iran and seeking asylum in the United States. Four decades ago, Daniel Ellsberg surrendered to federal authorities to face charges of violating the Espionage Act. Bradley Manning, a soldier who released classified documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, has had a very different experience. Ellsberg has argued that this degrading treatment alone should be grounds for dismissing the charges against Manning. The current Supreme Court is less sympathetic to civil liberties.

Les Etats Unis ont mis tout leur peuple sur écoute En même temps, ils ont déjà préparé les cerveaux avec toutes leurs séries TV de propagande, expliquant que tout ça, c'est pour que les bons flics protègent les gentils citoyens des pédonazis salafistes de l'Internet... Le renseignement américain récolte les relevés téléphoniques aux États-Unis et aurait accès aux serveurs de groupes informatiques comme Google et Facebook, des pratiques héritées de l'ère Bush et approuvées par l'administration de Barack Obama, selon deux journaux.La classe politique américaine a vivement réagi jeudi aux révélations du Guardian et du Washington Post sur ces pratiques, dont l'existence était soupçonnée mais n'avait encore jamais été confirmée.Le directeur du renseignement américain James Clapper a ainsi estimé que ces fuites menaçaient la sécurité nationale.

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