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Greenwald / Guardian: XKeyscore-NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet

  • XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data
  • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches
  • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
  • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations

by Glenn Greenwald | theguardian.com | Wednesday 31 July 2013

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.

The latest revelations will add to the intense public and congressional debate around the extent of NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight.

The files shed light on one of Snowden's most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.

"I, sitting at my desk," said Snowden, could "wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email".


Glenn Greenwald / Piers Morgan On XKEYSCORE. Glenn OWNS Toobin AGAIN. 7/31/13


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Its like the old phone system

It was called the party line. Everyone know that Mrs. Jones listened to all the calls. But anytime somone picked up the phone they heard part of a conversation if the line was bussy.

Now Mrs. Jones is the Gov and they are not just listening they are recording. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you.

This will and has backfired because as always when the fox gets into the hen house, he does not ration the eggs and hens to provide sustained food source. Instead he kills everything and ends up starving.

Power and greed corrupt, the more powerful and greedy the more corrupt.


Greenwald means Mike Rogers Lied over the Amash amendment!

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) during debate on the Amash amendment: “We should have time and education on what actually happens in the particular program of which we speak. And I'll pledge each and every one of you today, and give you my word, that this fall, when we do the Intel authorization bill, we will work to find additional privacy protections with this program, that has no emails, no phone calls, no names and no addresses.”

Rogers on "Face the Nation" Sunday:
"There are no recordings of phone calls; there are no dossiers. They do not record your e-mails. None of that was happening, none of it, zero."

Lies! Lies! Lies!!!

Donate to Justin Amash on Constitution Day!

Thomas R. Eddlem

Lively interview...even

Lively interview...even Morgan sounded academically intelligent. Thanks for sharing. I never watch the Piers Morgan show.

For discussion!

What is it that so many people don't know?
Did you not know that you are spied on through Face Book? It has been well documented.
Did you not know that you are spied on with anything that has a name beginning with Smart...as in phone, meter, TV, car? It has been well documented.
What is it about "government" spying that you didn't already know? It has been well documented.
Are most people unaware that they were being spied on, or just pissed that they have been caught?

Well of course WE knew...

...But a lot of others who may not have been aware, ARE becoming aware now!

For us who have been "in the know", it is not something shocking.

But we should use this to our advantage and keep a light on it for others who were never really "in the know".

This can open up other truths to be evident to these same people who may have not known these shenanigans were happening. It makes them question their gov.

That is healthy.

So, although us diligent and peaceful observers of the police state have known about this for quite some time, it hasn't been in the spotlight for all to see, as much as it is now. And the attention it is receiving is reaching those who really didn't know what was going on. This is good. And it is our duty to make sure more and more people understand this. To expose this. So that hopefully those same people who had no idea of these shenanigans, MAY start to question other actions of their government. For that, is why I give it attention...

Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
What in the World are They Spraying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

Woot! Glenn does it again!

...Good journalism Glenn! Let it out and don't stop!

As previous posters have mentioned...

Call your Representatives/Senators. Let them know how you feel about this.

And let everyone else around you know how you feel as well! Let them all know!

This issue needs to be used in order to wake certain people up of the crimes of their gov.

It will open the door for other truths to be revealed.


Keep your eye on the prize! - Ending legal tender laws in order for the Federal Reserve System to self-destruct is of the upmost importance.
What in the World are They Spraying https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf0khstYDLA

some day this data will be

some day this data will be intercepted, uploaded for public consumption... just like wikileaks, some one will type in your name and read out every thing about you.. every search, every keyword, every email, every thought.. be prepared to confront your sins, this is judgement

pathetic 1 minute coverage on

pathetic 1 minute coverage on the bbc this morning, the message, "im not surprised, i expect them to be doing it" and "if it can stop terrorist" paraphrasing

The NSA responds

NSA Issues Press Release Regarding X Key Score.


The Diamond Dog is a real cool cat. | Reporting on the world from an altitude of 420.

The federal government does

The federal government does every imaginable illegal criminal invasion of our privacy. They're Nazi's on steroids.

In the event of an economic collapse, government employees plan on using all our stored contact information against us to discourage organized social networking protests, arrest what they consider trouble makers, and kill some of us, especially to make examples of.

It's probably a talking point

for state run media, to stop at metadata for now. Then there will be a new revelation (is this it, or too soon?), and they will talk about email storage (but not searching--it takes a warrant to search--but collecting the data takes no warrant). Boiling a frog..

Why is this still not getting the attention it deserves???!!!!

They are in fuxking congress talking about fuxking meta-data and the fuxking New World Order Media is totally fuxking ignoring all the proof that Greenwald promised he'd deliver.

Is nobody gonna fuxking talk about this???!!!

I get they can keep shit hidden from the public, but are they just gonna ignore someone who is already so god damn high profile??

Updated: Downvoted?!!?!?!?!?

Why the fuxk was I downvoted? On the daily Paul? Who would downvote me asking why this story is being kept hidden by the MSM?



I upvoted you to counteract

I upvoted you to counteract the downvotes you got from the NSA.


The NSA just saw your comment

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I keep seing the words

I keep seing the words "foreigner" as concious/unconcious justification for being fucking spies......you know good fucking folks, really fucking nice people, i mean, you gotta be when you put yourself in a position where your able to fullfill your wish to being a fucking peeping tom......i wouldnt accept it from an individual, i wouldnt accept it from egomaniacs......AND "foreigner" is not gonna fucking slide as if its nothing, liberty is not limited to one nation......."foreigner".will.not.slide.....one, its aggrivating, two, they'll just use as an entry point to do EVERYTHING they want in whatever timeframe it takes

Http vs Https

Search by email

right pic for below "IP"

Search by IP address

"20 terrabytes a day"

....and your obligatory.....conditioning

get people wriled up claiming

get people wriled up claiming cybersecurity is a BIG danger, ends up its the very people who is claiming the danger who are the biggest threat........again

Un fu ucking BELIEVABLE

The audacity of your government to ever think that creating such a system would be OK.........they are so god damn blinded by their own corruption........i would rather god strike the earth then live in the world these 1% elites are turning it in to... ..i cannot express the words right now, not civilly at least

To have a handfull....A "HANDFULL".....taking it upon themselves to think what is best and then dictate without choice backed by EVENTUAL force.....basically, to, EVERYONE, ......who the hell do they think they are.........i need to calm down

White House had perfect timing.

Their press release was exactly what was needed to take the spotlight off of the Guardian's.

All the pundits are going to burry this in the headlines, just like it is being buried in google news under articles about "Declassified Documents."

Fox, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, WP, WSJ, none have posted articles. Only the Huff post, and a few low level targeted news sites, and local affiliates.

Its up to us folks. Have to push this to the forefront.


Shep Smith on Fox (whatever his show is) had extensive

NSA/Snowden coverage but NOT ONE WORD about XKeyscore. Has anyone heard any reporting on it?

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

not on tv so far

only online.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

The USA is going to end very badly if this keeps up.

Even my cursor has been taken control of from time to time while I was typing. Very creepy when that happens.

This really needs to be front paged.

This is huge. Where is all the damn buzz about it. What, just because it hasn't been discussed on fox or MSNBC, no one wants to upvote?



I have been waiting for this!

Thanks Glenn.


Tons Of Info!

I also enjoyed reviewing the screenshots of the system and was able to derive a fair bit of information from them.

As I read the article, I reflected on one of my behaviors that could make me an easy, unwarranted target...even though I reside in the US. I use VPN frequently and sometimes I use foreign destination VPN, as it's an option with the service I subscribe to. There's essentially a "justification" shown in the screenshot that says, "Network, machine or tech info that indicates the person is outside the US." Even though I'm in the US, the "network info" that is caught in this system would indicate I'm outside the US and therefore a "legitimate" target without a warrant.

I suppose that clearly makes me the "not wittingly" target, yeah? Of course, I no longer feel safe on the internet anyway...whether I "appear" to be from the US or outside the US.

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Nothing to worry about.

No one in government would ever use this data for political purposes.
No one would ever use proprietary information for financial gain.
No one would ever blackmail political opponents.
Political speech will never be criminal in this country.

Undo what Wilson did