[NetBehaviour] An overview of the NSA's domestic spying program.

marc garrett 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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