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It just dawned on me.....Greenwald got the media to bite on a story from 2006

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls
Updated 5/11/2006 10:38 AM ET
By Leslie Cauley, USA TODAY

Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated by President Bush to become the director of the CIA, headed the NSA from March 1999 to April 2005. In that post, Hayden would have overseen the agency's domestic phone record collection program.

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.


It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

For the customers of these companies, it means that the government has detailed records of calls they made — across town or across the country — to family members, co-workers, business contacts and others.


way, way, way more:

Shady government-tied organization making list of every registered Virginia gun owner

Uh-oh, looks like the Republicans are in some hot water with the base again. As of very-soon-now, there's a new Republican-backed Virginia law making it illegal to disclose the names of Virginia's proud concealed-carry permit owners; you wouldn't want that information to fall into the wrong hands, after all, like media outlets who want to make public maps of it or the secret Obama-United Nations black helicopter-having army that is coming any day now to take all those guns, just-you-wait.

Turns out, though, the only group currently seeking that list of Virginia gun owners seems to be the Republican Party itself.

Before it becomes the law of the land, Republican Party of Virginia Executive Director Anthony Ready did what he does every year. He FOIAed the name, mailing address, birth date, country of citizenship, telephone number and date of registration of every permit holder in Virginia. The only piece of information they asked to have redacted was the permit holder's Social Security Number.

This request was dated June 6, 2013 less than a month before the release of this information in this fashion will be illegal in Virginia.


Exposed: The National Security Agency's PRISM Twitter Feed

06.07.13 - 2:32 PM
Exposed: The National Security Agency's PRISM Twitter Feed
by Jon Queally
Though the NSA's vast internet spying apparatus, called PRISM, was only just revealed to the American public via the Guardian, the program was defiant on Thursday as it began furiously tweeting from its underground lair in the bowels of the Utah desert.


06.07.13 - 2:32 PM
Exposed: The National Security Agency's PRISM Twitter Feed
by Jon Queally

Though the NSA's vast internet spying apparatus, called PRISM, was only just revealed to the American public via the Guardian, the program was defiant on Thursday as it began furiously tweeting from its underground lair in the bowels of the Utah desert.

It's first public announcement came at 4:44 PM on Thursday, June 6th:


America has been naughty, naughty.
4:44 PM - 6 Jun 2013

Later, it called out journalist Glenn Greenwald by name for being part of the team to break the story at the Guardian:


Thanks for outting me @ggreenwald
8:38 PM - 6 Jun 2013

way more:

Delayed on tarmac 3 hours, Philly Orchestra takes out its instruments


Calvin & Hobbs got there first

Calvin & Hobbs --- December 07, 1993

Glenn Greenwald Suggests More Revelations Are ‘Coming Shortly’

On the heels of his bombshell reports on the National Security Agency's collection of phone records and sweeping access to the servers of leading Internet companies, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald indicated Friday that he's not done.

In a post on The Guardian's website, Greenwald wrote that he's less interested in addressing the political fallout from his previous scoops and more interested in breaking new stories, which he seemed to suggest could be imminent.

"I don't have time at the moment to address all of the fallout because - to borrow someone else's phrase - I'm Looking Forward to future revelations that are coming (and coming shortly), not Looking Backward to ones that have already come," Greenwald wrote.


Is This Who Runs Prism?

Is This Who Runs Prism?

I don’t see anyone out there with this theory, and TPM is my favorite news source, so here goes:

“PRISM” is the government’s name for a program that uses technology from Palantir. Palantir is a Silicon Valley start-up that’s now valued at well over $1B, that focuses on data analysis for the government. Here’s how Palantir describes themselves:

“We build software that allows organizations to make sense of massive amounts of disparate data. We solve the technical problems, so they can solve the human ones. Combating terrorism. Prosecuting crimes. Fighting fraud. Eliminating waste. From Silicon Valley to your doorstep, we deploy our data fusion platforms against the hardest problems we can find, wherever we are needed most.” http://www.palantir.com/what-we-do/

They’re generally not public about who their clients are, but their first client was famously the CIA, who is also an early investor.

With my theory in mind, re-read the denials from the tech companies in the WSJ (emphasis mine):

Apple: “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers…”
Google: “… does not have a ‘back door’ for the government to access private user data…”
Facebook: “… not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers…”
Yahoo: “We do not provide the government with direct access to our servers, systems, or network…”

These denials could all still be technically true if the government is accessing the data through a government contractor, such as Palantir, rather than having direct access.

I just did a quick Google search of “Palantir PRISM” to see if anyone else had this theory, and the top results were these pages:



Later Update: Here’s a video of Alexander Karp, CEO of Palantir, describing what the company does …



Newly Revealed PRISM Snooping Makes Verizon Surveillance Look Like Kids' Stuff

The analysts use PRISM by keying in search terms supposedly designed to “produce at least 51 percent confidence in a target’s ‘foreignness’.” However, the Post notes, training materials for the program instruct new analysts to submit “accidentally collected” U.S. content for a quarterly report, “but it’s nothing to worry about.”


Author Of Patriot Act Now Seeks To Limit Government Surveillance

Source: Think Progress

“I have a big problem because the business records part of the Patriot Act, which is what was used to justify this, was designed for specific investigations,” Sensenbrenner told Fox News on Friday. “We’re seeing big government in action, just like George Orwell predicted but maybe a few years later,” he added.


Sensenbrenner indicated that he will draft legislation to “change that part of the business records part of the Patriot Act before it expires in 2015″ to more narrowly tailor it and will question FBI Director Robert Muller about the program when he appears before Congress next week. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also plans to offer a bill designed to close the “business records” provision.

“This is a dragnet. It is an overreach and we’ve got to find out this is justified, simply because the NSA wants to do some data mining,” Sensenbrenner said. On Thursday, he wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder complaining that, “I do not believe the released FISA order is consistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act.”

The congressman initially dismissed critics who warned of government abuse of the Patriot Act in 2005 and 2006, but first admitted that the FBI may be abusing the law in 2007.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/06/07/2119351/author-of-patriot-act-says-he-will-try-to-narrow-provisions-to-prevent-government-surveillance/

Republicans try to attract young voters...

can you hear me now?

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