NSA-Verizon Data Collection Is Tip Of The Iceberg

June 6, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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We’ve been telling you for years, and it has finally made main-stream news… The NSA (National Security Agency) is secretly collecting data of your communications… this time they’ve been caught with ALL Verizon wireless customers.

The holy grail for the US government has been to discover an individual’s network of associations and communication patterns. And not just an individual… but every American citizen…

You might want to pay attention to this. Your government is out of control…


 
The daily records given from Verizon to the NSA enables the government to know the identity of every person with whom an individual communicates electronically, how long they spoke, their location at the time of the communication, and other ‘metadata’ about the call.

It shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

An article posted in the Guardian, and being widely reported today in the main-stream news media exposes a “Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data…shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama.”

 
Pertinent excerpts…

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order.

 
Under the Bush administration, officials in security agencies had disclosed to reporters the large-scale collection of call records data by the NSA, but this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice on a massive scale under President Obama.

 
“The unlimited nature of the records being handed over to the NSA is extremely unusual.”

 
“We decline comment,” said Ed McFadden, a Washington-based Verizon spokesman.

 
…its collection would allow the NSA to build easily a comprehensive picture of who any individual contacted, how and when, and possibly from where, retrospectively.

 
It is not known whether Verizon is the only cell-phone provider to be targeted with such an order, although previous reporting has suggested the NSA has collected cell records from all major mobile networks.

 
The US government is relying on “secret legal interpretations” to claim surveillance powers so broad that the American public would be “stunned” to learn of the kind of domestic spying being conducted.

 
The NSA, as part of a program secretly authorized by President Bush on 4 October 2001, implemented a bulk collection program of domestic telephone, internet and email records.

 
These recent events reflect how profoundly the NSA’s mission has transformed from an agency exclusively devoted to foreign intelligence gathering, into one that focuses increasingly on domestic communications.

 
Frank Church, Democratic senator from Idaho warned: “The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left…”

– theguardian.com

 
As is the case with any iceberg, what you see rising out of the water – although often appearing large enough – is very small compared to what lies beneath. This is definitely just the tip of the iceberg…

Are you okay with this? What are you going to do about it?

 
2013 – APR
Big Brother, Big Government, Big Data

2013 – MAY
Former FBI Agent Exposes Government Spying Secret

2012 – APR
The NSA versus The USA

2012 – MAR
New NSA Utah Spy Center Stores EVERYTHING

2011 – JUN
NSA Allies With Internet Providers