Washington Post Reports: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

 “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.

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As probably most of us figured the NSA spying scandal/ongoing effort appears to be a lot bigger than just Verizon, which alone would constitute unfathomable amounts of data and the violation of the privacy of millions of Americans.

In the past 24 hours we have been told that the NSA only gets so called “metadata” from Verizon. That is, the agency doesn’t gather the actual call, it just gathers the length of the call, where the call was placed and where it was going etc. We’re supposed to be OK with this, which we absolutely should not be.

But now comes word from the Washington Post that the NSA and FBI have direct access to the servers of 9 large Internet companies, and that video chats, emails, and documents of other sorts of completely innocent people are being systematically gathered by the government without a warrant.

And today Congress spent all day defending the NSA.

(From The Washington Post)

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.

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