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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-07-13 09:16 AM
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We have arrived. 'What An NSA Domestic Spying Operation Looks Like'
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This, from PBS yesterday:

What An NSA Domestic Spying Operation Looks Like

June 6, 2013, 12:40 pm ET by Jason M. Breslow

Millions of Verizon customers awoke Thursday to learn that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting their telephone records, under a classified court order granted to the Obama administration in April.

According to a report by The Guardians Glenn Greenwald, the order requires Verizon, one of the nations largest telecommunications providers, to give the NSA information on calls from within the U.S., as well as between the U.S. and foreign countries on an ongoing, daily basis. That information includes the numbers of both parties on a call, location data and the time and duration of the conversation, according to The Guardian.

The report has brought flashbacks of the highly controversial domestic surveillance program first initiated by the Bush administration in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

The inside story of that effort was uncovered in 2002 by Mark Klein, a former internet technician with AT&T. In the following clip from the FRONTLINE film Spying On The Home Front, Klein describes how he first pieced together that the NSA was building a massive top-secret data mining operation in a nondescript room just steps from his desk. Eventually, he told FRONTLINE, it all clicked together to me Oh, thats what theyre doing. This is a spy apparatus.


But when we first noticed this in 2006, we were derided as conspiracy theorists.

Dorothy, we are not in Kansas any more.

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