The Israeli/ NSA connectionSubmitted by babybear on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 10:16
Behind the scenes of the massive NSA surveillance scandal are a host of Israeli companies that have almost certainly taken part in the program as suppliers of technology... The concern is but that the Israeli manufacturers themselves have the ability to spy from afar.
Ha'aretz – On Friday, The Guardian and The Washington Post published documents showing that the U.S. government has been systematically collecting data from companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and AOL on people's telephone and Internet usage.
The data, gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program, came from email accounts, Internet chats, browsing and search histories. The aim was to amass a database through which the NSA could learn whether terror suspects had been in contact with people in the United States.
In contrast to similar cases revealed in the past, the program involved thorough and continuous collection of data, even when no particular person or communications had aroused the authorities' suspicions.
The controversy has just gotten underway, with both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, not to mention civil liberties groups, taking umbrage over the massive snooping operation. For now, the focus has been on the U.S. government itself.