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More NSA program revelations: Program much deeper, more intrusive than previously knownRss@dailykos.com (joan Mccarter)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:48 pm
Surprise! All that sucking up of domestic electronic communications by the NSA revealed by Edward Snowden that was "just" metadata? It wasn't just metadata, but also content. That's according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, based on interviews with current and former government and intelligence officials as well as people familiar with the system through their industry connections. The new reporting also reveals that the NSA has built an intelligence collecting infrastructure much larger than previously known, with "the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic." The system reaches deep into the internet backbone to more than a dozen junctions, beyond the key points where data enters the country from overseas as was previously understood.
The NSA is focused on collecting foreign intelligence, but the streams of data it monitors include both foreign and domestic communications. Inevitably, officials say, some U.S. Internet communications are scanned and intercepted, including both "metadata" about communications, such as the "to" and "from" lines in an email, and the contents of the communications themselves. [...]