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NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily

The latest news has it that the NSA is snooping around into the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. Under a judge’s orders, Verizon was to provide a list of all the calls made by US citizens through its network to the NSA for scrutiny. This is not the first time that the government has intervened in personal and private matters of ordinary citizens.

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The judge’s verdict was labeled “Top Secret” and according to it Verizon was to divulge all its yearly phone calls to the governmental agency known as the NSA. And the really frightening thing is that this leaking of confidential information will carry on till July of 2013. Although the order did not include the contents of each call, the location, frequency and time span was to be provided to the agency. According to the Guardian, the order was passed at the request of the FBI. President Obama is facing a losing battle with the public and consumer rights activists as it has become common knowledge that secret data has been broken into and scrutinized for any breach of patriotism.

Especially worrisome among these issues having to do with the First Amendment was the divulging of Associated Press calling records and Fox News emails. The White House, NSA and Verizon were contacted by press reporters. However, all three sources refused to comment on this. There are even rumors that other telephone agencies such as AT&T too are under pressure to provide data regarding telephone calls. The spokespersons at AT&T too declined to offer any information about this thereby further increasing the general paranoia of the people of the United States.

Many people have spoken out against this act of Orwellian surveillance. It reeks of a totalitarian society where Big Brother is always watching. And it completely goes against the constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The whole scheme of the governmental authorities poking their nose into things which do not concern them began under the neoconservative regime of George W. Bush. He of the Patriot Act fame, made thought control a reality and was the major cause of the blatant abuse of human rights by the government.

The NSA is guilty of implanting bugs and tapping phone lines before. Due to this recent spate of indulgence in spy-craft, there have been a number of actions taken by consumer groups to counter the tendency to terrorize decent law abiding citizens.  The whole issue turned up after 9/11 and the main reason for the government’s crime-watch efforts is to catch terrorists before they inflict any more damage. The Boston Marathon Bombing is a recent example of this so the government can never be too careful.

 

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Former NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a “unique” approach whe ...
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Whistleblower: IRS in cahoots with NSA

Source: WND

William Binney One of the architects of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping technology told a radio host today the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, has “direct access” to the NSA’s domestic spying data and was likely using it to target the tea party. NSA whistleblower William Binney was being interviewed on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s 970 AM The Answer when he disclosed the startling reve ...
Source: WND  Full article at: WND Jul 20 2014, 6:09pm CDT
 

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Wilson's Weekend Whine: Snowden is right to be disgusted at UK "emergency surveillance bill"

Source: BetaNews

When we talk about surveillance online, it is almost always with reference to the NSA and activities in the US. But US citizens are far from being the only web users affected by surveillance. The NSA has long arms, but there are also similar activities going on in plenty of other countries. This week in the UK, the government is pushing through legislation that requires phone and internet companies to st ...
Source: BetaNews   Full article at: BetaNews Jul 13 2014, 4:48pm CDT
 

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NSA Implementing Fix To Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

Source: New Hampshire Public Radio

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says his agency has taken steps to ensure there won't be another Snowden. But he also contends there's no way for the NSA to be entirely secure. A former NSA technical director says a program he developed might have stopped Snowden. But it was rejected, he says, b ...
Source: New Hampshire Public Radio   Full article at: New Hampshire Public Radio Jul 11 2014, 4:00am CDT
 

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FBI and NSA targeted prominent Muslim-American leaders for surveillance

Source: Engadget

Pictured: NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency monitored the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans, documents from former-NSA contract ...
Source: Engadget   Full article at: Engadget Jul 9 2014, 10:04am CDT
 

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NSA Targeted German Privacy Activist Sebastian Hahn: Report

Source: NDTV

According to a report, code found in NSA's software reveals it's interest in anyone who uses a program called Tor that can obscure a person ...
Source: NDTV   Full article at: NDTV Jul 4 2014, 12:07am CDT
 

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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Source: AppleSlashdot

An anonymous reader writes There's an independent agency within the U.S. government called the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Their job is to weigh the benefits of government actions — like stopping terrorist threats — against violations of citizens' rights that may result from those actions. As you might expect, the NSA scandal landed squarely in their laps, and they've compiled a report evaluating the sur ...
Source: AppleSlashdot   Full article at: AppleSlashdot Jul 2 2014, 5:22pm CDT
 

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NSA and Big IT Tech

Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The Government of Germany just announced that it will be cancelling an information technology project with Verizon. The announcement makes clear Germany is doing this because they do not trust that Verizon will or even can safeguard Germany's data and telecommunications from spying by the National Security Administration (NSA). The German suspicions are heightened because the NSA was discovered via the information released by former NSA analyst E ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post Jun 30 2014, 5:59pm CDT
 

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Intelligence Agencies Conducted Broad Sweep Of Warrantless Searches On Americans

Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The nation's top intelligence agency revealed in a letter made public Monday that the NSA, CIA and FBI are engaging in a large number of warrantless searches of the content of Americans' communications caught up in collection on foreign targets. The letter, sent by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), also disclosed that there are large gaps in how the government tracks searches on Americans' commun ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post Jun 30 2014, 4:01pm CDT
 

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Snowden's revelations: Good for US or not?

Source: MSNBC

The Great Debate: Former NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander discusses the harm former CIA employee Edward Snowden caused when he leaked information about the NSA's surveillance program. The ACLU's Anthony Romero argues Snowden is a patriot.Read mo ...
Source: MSNBC   Full article at: MSNBC Jun 30 2014, 11:08am CDT
 

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