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Officials: NSA's PRISM Targets Email Addresses, Not Keywords 96

wiredmikey writes "The US government's PRISM Internet spying program exposed by Edward Snowden targets suspect email addresses and phone numbers but does not search for keywords like terrorism, officials said Wednesday. Top lawyers of the country's intelligence apparatus including the NSA and FBI participated Wednesday in a public hearing on the controversial US data-mining operations that intercept emails and other Internet communications including on social media networks like Facebook, Google or Skype. 'We figure out what we want and we get that specifically, that's why it's targeted collection rather than bulk collection,' Robert Litt, general counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the hearing. Under authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the NSA asks Internet service providers to hand over messages sent from or received by certain accounts such as, the Justice Department's Brad Wiegmann said, using a hypothetical example."
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Officials: NSA's PRISM Targets Email Addresses, Not Keywords

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  • by kruach aum ( 1934852 ) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @07:07PM (#46528957)

    to the public, when the Snowden documents show they've been lying for years.

  • by pitchpipe ( 708843 ) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @07:36PM (#46529209)
    Fuck you.

    Our worst fears about what the NSA was/is doing to privacy and our constitution have been realized and you are trying to trivialize it. Just because you're tired of hearing about it and want to move on to the next thing doesn't mean the rest of us don't feel that this is one of the most important things that has happened in our government during our lives. We need to focus on this shit like crazed lunatics if we are going to clean it up.

    So again, fuck you.

  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @07:38PM (#46529221) Journal

    Snowden is the gift that keeps on giving... if you want to turn rational people into a stupid mob

    Making the people stupid is what every government in the world is busy doing, including the government of the United States of America.

    And NSA, being a part of the government of the United States of America, knows that the more stupid the Americans are, the more easier their job will become.

    But NSA is soooooooooooo unlucky, for there are _still_ a portion of the Americans who prefer to use their brains, yes, the ones in between their ears, rather than believe in everything that came down from the White House and the Congress.

    With Snowden's revelation, at the very least, we have proofs that our government, the government of the United States of America, has turned rogue.

    Our Constitution, the Constitution of the United States of America, have been violated.

    Our rights, as defined by the Bill of Rights, have been purposely ignored.

    And luckily for America, we, whom still manage to keep our rationality (unlike those who soak in everything Obama / Feinstein said) know that we not only have the right, but it is *OUR DUTY" as Citizens of the United States of America, to stand up against this goddamn rogue regime.

  • by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @07:54PM (#46529355)

    Are we really supposed to believe that they put in a system that can scan emails at major email providers and even scan emails on the fly at internet exchange points, yet they didn't design the system to allow keyword scanning?

    If they are really targeting specific email addresses, then why do they need the system at all? Just get warrants and get the data from the user's ISP.

  • by MobSwatter ( 2884921 ) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @10:41PM (#46530583)

    Look, the NSA is a department within our government, they are told what to do and held accountable if they do not do it. It is a management problem, unfortunately this seemingly corporate imposed martial law is a product of corporate lobbying. Admission of all of this is only the first step in solving the problem.

Today is a good day for information-gathering. Read someone else's mail file.