The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001. Since this was first reported on by the press and discovered by the public in late 2005, EFF has been at the forefront of the effort to stop it and bring government surveillance programs back within the law and the Constitution. History of NSA Spying Information since 2005 (See EFF’s full timeline of events here) News reports in December 2005 first revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been intercepting Americans’ phone calls and Internet communications. Those news reports, combined with a USA Today story in May 2006 and the statements of several members of Congress, revealed that the NSA is also receiving wholesale copies of American's telephone and other communications records. EFF Fights Back in the Courts Jewel v.
Are We Moving To A World With More Online Surveillance? : ParallelsBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff was angered by reports that the National Security Agency was spying on her. She has called for giving individual countries greater control over the Internet. Getty Images Many governments around the world have expressed outrage over the National Security Agency's use of the Internet as a spying platform. Some governments, led most recently by Brazil, have reacted to recent disclosures about NSA surveillance by proposing a redesign of Internet architecture. But privacy advocates warn that some of the changes under consideration could actually undermine Internet freedom, not strengthen it. "Unfortunately, there is enormous blowback," says Bruce Schneier, a cybersecurity expert who has worked closely with Britain's Guardian newspaper in reporting on NSA surveillance activities. "The NSA's actions embolden these people to say, 'We need more sovereign control,' " Schneier says. An Absence Of Government Control Suspicion Of American Surveillance
TomDispatchNSA Did Its Own Spying on Telecom Service Providers | NewsFactor Business ReportDocuments provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden reveal that the agency has covertly monitored e-mail messages of people connected to the world's top cellphone network operators. The operation, codenamed Auroragold, was apparently aimed at gaining access to confidential company information so the NSA could more easily spy on mobile phone communications. The agency also reportedly used intercepted communications about cellphone network systems to identify security weaknesses for exploitation by NSA surveillance. These and other details were revealed Thursday in an article by Ryan Gallagher published on The Intercept, the First Look Media publication founded by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Looking for Vulnerabilities Auroragold aimed at collecting so-called IR.21 technical documents used by mobile network operators to share information about roaming capabilities. 'Five Eyes' Among Targets Skeptical in Seattle: Joe Detracktor:
The Enemies of Internet - Special Edition : SurveillanceCrimes Against HumanityHaving been conditioned your entire lives, the way we are all conditioned our entire lives, to receive sound-bite answers to questions we have never had the critical ability to form in our minds, forecloses our ability to interrogate reality and draw conclusions from it. That is the function of the media. That is the function of the educational system you understand. It's not to teach you to think critically, which is educational in value. It's to teach you what to think. That's a rather different thing, to be indoctrinated than to be educated. We've got an ignorant leadership. At Nuremberg it was said that there was a complicity on the part of the German citizenry. [You] do what's necessary. You are not going to morally persuade a criminal state structure, bent upon perpetrating genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, to do the right thing.
U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans - Bloomberg Business(Bloomberg) -- The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications. The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013. The heavily-redacted reports include examples of data on Americans being e-mailed to unauthorized recipients, stored in unsecured computers and retained after it was supposed to be destroyed, according to the documents. They were posted on the NSA’s website at around 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Other unauthorized cases were a matter of human error, not intentional misconduct. Unauthorized Surveillance No New Legislation No Oversight Masking Identities Report Violations
Online surveillance becomes a priority for the Human Rights Council, as Pakistan joins the wrong side of the debateBelow is a joint statement from Privacy International and Bytes for All. This Friday, 27 September, marks the conclusion of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a session which has, for the first time, seen issues of internet surveillance in the spotlight. Privacy International and Bytes for All welcome the attention given at the Human Rights Council to this issue. However, we are concerned about developments which took place that threaten privacy rights and freedom of expression, especially because these alarming suggestions are masked as solutions to address the increase in State surveillance. We agree with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who urged States “to ensure that adequate safeguards are in place against security agency overreach and to protect the right to privacy and other human rights.” Privacy International and Bytes for All reject this call for more regulation of the internet, which should remain free, independent and open for all to use.
WikiLeaks statement on the mass recording of Afghan telephone calls by the NSA(on 2014-05-23) The National Security Agency has been recording and storing nearly all the domestic (and international) phone calls from two or more target countries as of 2013. Both the Washington Post and The Intercept (based in the US and published by eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar) have censored the name of one of the victim states, which the latter publication refers to as country "X". Both the Washington Post and The Intercept stated that they had censored the name of the victim country at the request of the US government. We know from previous reporting that the National Security Agency’s mass interception system is a key component in the United States’ drone targeting program. Although, for reasons of source protection we cannot disclose how, WikiLeaks has confirmed that the identity of victim state is Afghanistan. We do not believe it is the place of media to "aid and abet" a state in escaping detection and prosecution for a serious crime against a population. Send to Friend Print