The system has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans. In some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens within the U.S. and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology, these people say.
The reports leave readers with the impression that NSA is sifting through as much as 75% of the United States' online communications, which is simply not true. In its foreign intelligence mission, and using all its authorities, NSA "touches" about 1.6%, and analysts only look at 0.000004% of all the world's internet traffic.
This is not the first uncharacteristic "transparency" move on the part of the NSA in recent weeks. ProPublica reports:
Last week, the Washington Post published an internal audit finding the NSA had violated privacy rules thousands of times in recent years. In response, the spy agency held a rare conference call for the press maintaining that the violations are “not willful” and “not malicious.”
And if all that wasn't weird enough, it appears that the DNI has created a Tumblr to address the concerns of the public and press. Declassified documents related to the surveillance programs are showing up at icontherecord.tumblr.com (IC stands for "intelligence community"). They're on Twitter too.
A former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor who worked with the National Security Agency will face charges of espionage in a case involving 50 terabytes or more of highly sensitive NSA data the government says were stolen.
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America paid about $16 billion to five companies last year for 80% of our contracted domestic and international surveillance: Leidos Holdings, CSRA Inc., SAIC, CACI International, and Booz Allen Hamilton, recently in the news following an employee arrest on cyberweapons theft charges. Tim Shorrock at The Nation did the legwork to to come up with […]
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