Of course the story has been on the news for a long time, but recently the new ”breaking headlines”– here is something we have been trying to teach you about the secret of western media sophisticated propaganda presented as ”independent”, the ”breaking headline” came out only after an American Judge decided enough is enough and made public the extent of surveillance state that western (in this reference US) nations have undertaken similar to totalitarian states that they keep ‘righteously” finger-wagging at for ”support on human and civil liberties and rights” (crap)— thus the NSA Surveillance has been known for sometime now indicative in how fast the reports were building up and being printed, if these were unknown it would have taken long time for investigative journalists to mine through evidence and try to piece things together but the rapidity informs us all of how the information was well-known and documented with supporting evidence (as shown below).
The question now is the extent of similar acts across the rest of ”western democracies” of UK, France and general EU etc?
Anyway here are some of the headlines:
- US security agency has direct access to Google, Facebook and Apple user data
- U.S. Monitors Vast Phone, Web Data
- Files: U.S. mines Internet data
- The end of privacy?
- Why was the NSA program secret?
- Firms deny allowing direct access
- ‘I will take your eye out, you f****** gorilla’: Racist train rant caught on camera after drunk man hurls abuse at black man who sat next to him
- Britons ARE being spied on by surveillance agencies: GCHQ using phone records and online data gleaned by US government to snoop on citizens
- GCHQ gets US spy data from Google and Facebook
- Metadata: what can it show?
- Collins: Intelligence for Dummies
- By the numbers: The NSA’s super-secret spy program, PRISM
- The question at the center of the NSA’s data-mining program: What is PalTalk?
- Cameron to attend secretive Bilderberg conference (but will not say who he meets)
- Vitamins: stop taking the pills | Life and style | The Guardian
And for a New York Times Interactive Timeline:
Published: June 6, 2013
Enactment of the Patriot Act
Congress passes the Patriot Act to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s counterterrorism and surveillance powers after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Section 215 of the act makes it easier to obtain a court order demanding business records, so long as they are deemed merely relevant to a foreign intelligence investigation.
N.S.A. Begins Data Mining
As a part of a broader series of surveillance measures called Stellar Wind, the Bush administration authorizes the National Security Agency to begin collecting communications without obtaining any court order.
The Total Information Awareness Project
A new Defense Department project is announced that will ingest massive databases about people’s activities, in search of patterns that could indicate terrorist activity. Senators Russ Feingold and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, speak out against the program.
Defense Program Defunded
Congress bans further spending on the Defense Department’s Total Information Awareness project. The public believes it is dead, but similar efforts continue elsewhere, including in the N.S.A., which is mining “metadata” – logs of calls and e-mails between people – as part of Stellar Wind.
N.S.A. Program Modified
Jack L. Goldsmith, the head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, says one aspect of Stellar Wind is illegal. Attorney General John Ashcroft and James B. Comey, who was acting in Mr. Ashcroft’s position while he was hospitalized, refuse to reauthorize it, and the White House eventually agrees to modify what is being collected and its legal rationale. It is later reported that the dispute involved the legality of mass collection of metadata.
After The New York Times publishes an article about warrantless surveillance by the N.S.A., President George W. Bush acknowledges the eavesdropping on calls involving someone suspected of being a member of Al Qaeda. The Times also reports that the agency had accessed vast amounts of data from telephone companies.
Patriot Act Reauthorized
Expiring provisions of the Patriot Act are extended. A Senate provision raising the Section 215 standard to require that the person whose records are sought has a “nexus” to terrorism (from just having relevance) is stripped out.
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales announces that after months of negotiations with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the various aspects of the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance programs have been brought under the authority of the court through a series of “complex” and “innovative” orders.
New Surveillance Authority
Congress and President Bush amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act so that it authorizes a form of the wiretapping without individualized warrants that the Bush administration had previously done in defiance of FISA’s warrant requirements. Congress and President Obama would renew the law in December 2012.
A Sensitive Collection Program
Todd Hinnen, a deputy assistant attorney general, tells Congress that Section 215 is used to obtain ordinary business travel and communication records left behind unwittingly by terrorists, and that “it also supports an important, sensitive collection program about which many members of the subcommittee or their staffs have been briefed.”
Extension of Section 215
The business records provision is extended, along with some other expiring pieces of the Patriot Act. Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, both Democrats, say one of the expiring parts is being interpreted in a way that Congress did not intend and the public does not understand, and that the records of Americans who are innocent of any connection to terrorism are being collected by the government.
‘Prism’ Program Revealed
The Washington Post and The Guardian report that since 2007, the N.S.A. has been accessing the servers of several Internet companies to collect communications between parties outside the country or Americans communicating with people outside the country.