TV News LIES

Wednesday, Jan 18th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Politics What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know

What We Don't Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know

E-mail Print PDF

NSA spyingYesterday, we learned that the NSA received all calling records from Verizon customers for a three-month period starting in April. That's everything except the voice content: who called who, where they were, how long the call lasted -- for millions of people, both Americans and foreigners.

This "metadata" allows the government to track the movements of everyone during that period, and a build a detailed picture of who talks to whom. It's exactly the same data the Justice Department collected about AP journalists.

The Guardian delivered this revelation after receiving a copy of a secret memo about this -- presumably from a whistle-blower. We don't know if the other phone companies handed data to the NSA too. We don't know if this was a one-off demand or a continuously renewed demand; the order started a few days after the Boston bombers were captured by police.

We don't know a lot about how the government spies on us, but we know some things. We know the FBI has issued tens of thousands of ultra-secret National Security Letters to collect all sorts of data on people -- we believe on millions of people -- and has been abusing them to spy on cloud-computer users. We know it can collect a wide array of personal data from the Internet without a warrant. We also know that the FBI has been intercepting cell-phone data, all but voice content, for the past 20 years without a warrant, and can use the microphone on some powered-off cell phones as a room bug -- presumably only with a warrant.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Trump’s Commerce Pick Fired Undocumented Household Worker Before Confirmation Hearing

Wilbur RossPresident-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary admitted at his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he...

Trump's OMB nominee failed to pay $15k in taxes for nanny

MulvaneyRep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, disclosed...

FBI, 5 Other Agencies Probing Possible Kremlin Cash to Trump

TrumpThe FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an...

‘Apprentice’ contestant Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump for defamation

Summer ServosFormer "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos sued Donald Trump for defamation Tuesday, charging that he smeared her...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!