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NSA Collecting Millions of Contact Lists from International E-mails, Chats

by Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani | The Washington Post

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

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I do not know whether it is

I do not know whether it is good or bad. NSA has taken good step but if innocent people suffer for them then it will be sad.


This info has sort of been coming out in dribs and drabs. I wonder if these bombshells are losing their power to shock because (in a sense) we're getting acclimated to it. The idea that they collect buddy lists is hardly a surprise to me after the original info from Snowden that they store all electronic communications in perpetuity. On the other hand, it does continually put this spying back in the news so I'd say that's a good thing. It's amazing to me that people are not more freaked out about this whole thing though. There should be an uproar over this. Clearly this is not about "keeping us safe". It's absolutely about creating a spy grid. When people eventually wake up to that, I think 9/11 might be thought of in an entirely different context.

The Right of the People

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...

I really bugs me that the media still don't get that it doesn't say, "The right of American citizens within their borders..." The government violates the constitution every time they collect this information without probably cause and a warrant, no matter who it belongs to, nor where it is in the world.

The search must be reasonable, and there must be a warrant obtained. These are natural rights.

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But Hey Obama Says...

...that his number 1 priority is to "keep us safe". And Obama tells us that he's allowed to ignore the supreme law of the land because he says we all agreed that we have to compromise our liberty so he can protect us.

[Note: In no way am I foolish enough to think this is "an Obama thing". It's obviously much bigger than Obama. And for what it's worth, this whole system went in under Dubya. It's the so-called "2 headed, 1 party system" which is really run by the elites who control puppet presidents.]

So they know about my Bukkake

So they know about my Bukkake collection then huh?

Southern Agrarian


I am going to take this opportunity to clue these freaks in on the concept that, just because you can do something, does not mean that you should! Seriously folks, what kind of deranged humans get their kicks from intercepting and capturing other peoples business?? Whomever in the upper echelons of US government made the decision that this was a good idea and that billions of taxpayer dollars should be spent to actually implement it has a serious personality disorder! As does anybody who takes takes a paycheck while gleefully and enthusiastically perusing through other individuals' private data.


There is something wrong with all of you !! I could never even bring myself to look through my daughters' purses when they were going through questionable periods as teenagers. FREAKS ! Stop this ridiculous, invasive behavior now ! IT IS WRONG !

Capture this From Jack Rose

Jack Rose

Welcome to Utah! Home of the global nazi spy center.

Boycott Utah.

Gosh darn it.

I still have to wonder what those morons are trying to prove.

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A question.

Does the NSA snooping automatically encompass the contents of emails, phone calls and other means of electronic communication or are there additional steps necessary? Either legally or technically to break any encryption and access the actual content of the communication. Are there *any* secure electronic communications?


all communications are archived

you name it ham radio...every form of communication except for smoke signals.

I would not doubt that verisign and many other SSL Certificate issuers are members of the CFR... and are issuing already compromised certificates from the get go.

If you want secure communications you will have to find applications that allow you to use your own certificates and change them at least once a week. Web browsing isn't going to give you that option.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

shocking ...but not to me...

This is what I've been saying for a long time.

They don't need google and yahoo's permission to get those contact lists. The NSA is packet sniffing the data real time in backbone switches, and they're sniffing it right from the internet backbone.

Why would the NSA build their new data center in such close proximity to multiple major trans continental fiber optic cable routes...think about it.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Like a bird, held by a hand

Like a bird, held by a hand that is slowly becoming a fist.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein