Tag Archives: Keith Alexander

▶ DN!: NSA Creates Google-Like Search Engine to Help Other Agencies Access Collected Phone, Email Records

“The search tool, known as ICReach, contains information on both foreigners and millions of U.S. citizens who have not been accused of wrongdoing. It is designed to share more than 850 billion records — that is more than twice the number of stars in the Milky Way.”

The Intercept: The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

The Brennan Center’s Goitein said it appeared that with ICREACH, the government “drove a truck” through loopholes that allowed it to circumvent restrictions on retaining data about Americans. This raises a variety of legal and constitutional issues, according to Goitein, particularly if the data can be easily searched on a large scale by agencies like the FBI and DEA for their domestic investigations.

Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

In addition to shedding light on his motives, Snowden says he meant the clues to allow the NSA to avoid collateral damage from his leaks, changing codenames and plans to anticipate the release of some of its most sensitive secrets. BY ANDY GREENBERG  Wired.com  8.13.14 If the NSA still doesn’t know the full extent of the […]

Glenn Greenwald: Keith Alexander Unplugged — on Bush/Obama, 1.7 million stolen documents and other matters

The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review.  By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  8 May 2014 Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP The resulting 17,000-word transcript andaccompanying article form a model of uncritical stenography journalism, but Alexander clearly chose to […]

Glenn Greenwald: NSA Blows Its Own Top Secret Program in Order to Propagandize

“The NSA engages in this fear-mongering not only publicly but also privately.” By Glenn Greenwald  31 Mar 2014  The Intercept Over the last 40 years, the U.S. government has relied on extreme fear-mongering to demonize transparency. In sum, every time an unwanted whistleblower steps forward, we are treated to the same messaging: You’re all going to die because […]

Collect it all: America’s surveillance state

Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s surveillance programme in the US and abroad.  Fault Lines Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013  AlJazeera.com Some of the US’ best secrets are out since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified documents about government surveillance in one of the most significant leaks in US […]