U.S. Mass Surveillance Has No Record of Thwarting Large Terror Attacks, Regardless of Snowden Leaks

Despite the intelligence community’s attempts to blame NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the tragic attacks in Paris on Friday, the NSA’s mass surveillance programs do not have a track record — before or after Snowden — of identifying or thwarting actual large-scale terrorist plots.

CIA Director John Brennan asserted on Monday that “many of these terrorist operations are uncovered and thwarted before they’re able to be carried out,” and lamented the post-Snowden “handwringing” that has made that job m

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There are 6 million snitches in the USA | Phosphorus Five

Did you know that there are 6 million spies working for the American Government in the USA?

I just saw this interesting interview where Afshin Rattansi is interviewing Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. There were several interesting points in that interview. First of all, the revealing of the extremely interconnected level of collaboration between the NSA, and the CIA on one side, and the Googles and Facebooks of America on the other side. The second interesting point they were talking about, is that according to recent released statistics, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks actually has majority support in the US in regards to their revealments. This means that if Julian Assange was somehow able to hold a neutral election where he was the candidate for the Presidency in the US, he would actually win! However, the third interesting point he revealed, was that there are 6 million people in the USA with security clearance to read your email, see your search queries, which websites you visit, and so on.

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Government Surveillance: The devices used to spy on cellphones | BGR

Though Edward Snowden’s first revelations regarding NSA surveillance surfaced more than two years ago, government surveillance remains a hot-button and controversial topic because we’re still learning about the full extent of spy agencies’ tracking and eavesdropping capabilities.

The latest news surrounding NSA, and in a broader sense – governmental surveillance, comes from a fascinating new report from The Intercept which details and catalogs an extensive list of devices the military and U.S. government agencies use to listen in on cell phone conversations, jam a phone, and even track individual user locations. Some devices, a few of which are small enough to be carried in a backpack or even on someone’s person, can track a target’s location even when they’re not making a call.

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