Tag Archives: National Security Agency (NSA)

The Intercept: What It’s Like to Read the NSA’s Newspaper for Spies

One of the cultural revelations in the archives of SIDtoday is the corporate language that was routinely used. Intelligence reports delivered to other government agencies were described as “products,” and there was a category called the “Counterterrorism Product Line.” Government agencies that received these reports were known as “customers,” and the NSA has an entire division called the “Customer Relationship Directorate.”

The Intercept: The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

SIDtoday was launched just 11 days into the U.S. invasion of Iraq by a team within the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate. SID is arguably the NSA’s most important division, responsible for spying on the agency’s targets

NSA Closely Involved in Guantanamo Interrogations, Documents Show

The NSA documents made explicit reference to the CIA working on interrogations at Guantánamo.

The Intercept | Snowden Archive—the SIDtoday Files

The SIDtoday Files is where The Intercept will be releasing articles from SIDtoday, an internal publication of the National Security Agency. The articles are written in accessible, non-technical language and offer a window into the NSA’s culture and operations. They originate from within the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, the NSA’s core spying division, and were provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Leaked Emails From CIA Head Reveal He Suggested US Spying On Own Citizens May Be Illegal

Brennan: ‘The FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, CIA, and Department of Defense are all engaged in intelligence activities on U.S. soil, and these activities must be consistent with our laws and reflect the democratic principles and values of our Nation.’

Video | Snowden to Iowa City Audience: What are we going to do about it?

Snowden: “It was no longer narrowly targeting people suspected of criminal activity,” Snowden said. “Instead, they began watching all of us all the time because any of us could be bad or we could go bad.”

▶ Wikileaks Revelations Expose US NSA Tentacles Reaching into Allied Governments Around The World

[Center for Constitutional Rights]’s Michael Ratner break downs how documents expose United States economic and political spying as CCR calls on UN to Protect Publishers as well as Whistleblowers.

▶ James Bamford on the NSA • Henry A. Wallace National Security Forum

The NSA began in absolute secrecy and has remained that way most of it’s life. How does an institution like exist within the framework of an open society and is it a threat to the very values it claims to be protecting?

XKEYSCORE: NSA’s Google for the world’s private communications

From the article: The NSA’s XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people’s Internet searches, emails, documents, usernames and passwords, and other private communications. XKEYSCORE is fed a constant flow of Internet traffic from fiber optic cables that make up the backbone of the world’s communication network, among other sources, for processing.

Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

Giroux: We must also be attentive to the ways in which being spied on has become not only normalized, but even enticing.

Bill Binney Speaks The Truth, Ouch

Former NSA official and whistleblower William Binney recently was the key speaker in a panel in the Twin Cities.    William Binney is a former high-level National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence official who, after 30 years of service, blew the whistle on NSA surveillance programs. His outspoken criticism of the NSA during the George W. […]

Vice News: Inside Washington’s Quest to Bring Down Edward Snowden

Leopold: A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to “damage” former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s “credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.”

Truthdiggers of the Week: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul

From the article: Edward Snowden and Rand Paul have little in common except for one important point: They are gutsy patriots who put their reputations and careers on the line in service of their country.

Salon| “We are in a revolutionary moment”: Chris Hedges explains why an uprising is coming — and soon

Hedges: If things unravel [in the U.S.], our backlash may very well be a rightwing backlash — a very frightening rightwing backlash. We who care about populist movements [on the left] are very weak, because in the name of anti-communism these movements have been destroyed; we are almost trying to rebuild them from scratch. We don’t even have the language to describe the class warfare that is being unleashed upon us by this tiny, rapacious, oligarchic elite. But we on the left are very disorganized, unfocused, and without resources.

Sonali Kolhatkar | Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us

Kolhatkar: Part of the reason for this confusion is slick propaganda employed by proponents of mass surveillance.

▶ Democracy Now! Julian Assange on NSA, the TPP, Security Lapses, Refugee Boats Libya, Swedish Legal Setbacks

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Julian Assange on the NSA, the TPP, and other current issues. The interview took place on Monday, May 25, 2015. Democracy Now! May 27, 2015 Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. […]

Chris Hedges: A Nation of Snitches

Hedges: Just as infected as the prisons and the courts are poor neighborhoods, which abound with snitches, many of them low-level drug dealers allowed to sell on the streets in exchange for information. And from there our culture of snitches spirals upward into the headquarters of the National Security Agency, Homeland Security and the FBI.

Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here’s What Matters Instead.

The boredom of this spectacle was simply due to the fact that this has been seen so many times before—in fact, every time in the post-9/11 era that the U.S. Congress pretends publicly to debate some kind of foreign policy or civil liberties bill. Just enough members stand up to scream “9/11″ and “terrorism” over […]

▶ 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.