[NetBehaviour] An overview of the NSA's domestic spying program.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sun Mar 23 01:04:23 CET 2008
An overview of the NSA's domestic spying program.
By Jon Stokes.
In Wednesday's Wall Street Journal, Siobhan Gorman pulled together the
disparate threads of reporting on what's known of the NSA's secret
domestic spy program, and combined them with some of her own reporting
to confirm, once again, that the NSA's program is another incarnation of
the Pentagon's erstwhile Total Information Awareness program. Gorman
also describes how Carnivore, the SWIFT database snooping program, and
basically every other "Big Brother" database and data snooping program
that the executive branch has developed over the past two
administrations* feed information into the NSA's TIA-like system, which
then looks for suspicious patterns in the data.
Gorman's article provides a great overview of how these programs fit
together in the architecture of the modern, post-9/11 surveillance
state, and it's required reading because it comes at a critical time in
our national debate about privacy and the limits of executive power.
However, if you've been following this topic closely then you know that
most of the information in the article has been public since 2006.
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