NSA Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers on Every User
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The Associated Press dropped a bombshell report yesterday that claims the NSA’s secret Internet spy program, Prism, is just a small part of a much more “expansive and intrusive” digital spying effort.
According to the AP, the NSA copies ALL INTERNET traffic in and out of the United States for analysis by “Hoovering” all data that passes through fiber lines.
“Tapping into those cables allows the NSA access to monitor emails, telephone calls, video chats, websites, bank transactions and more. It takes powerful computers to decrypt, store and analyze all this information, but the information is all there, zipping by at the speed of light,” AP reports.
Prism was originally thought to be a program to force Internet companies to hand over private user data to the government. But it turns out that Prism is actually a filtering tool to “make sense of the cacophony of the Internet’s raw feed…Prism takes large beams of data and helps the government find discrete, manageable strands of information.”
It then manages those strands of data by creating dossiers on every Internet user, providing the government with “names, addresses, conversation histories and entire archives of email inboxes.”
And, of course, all of this data is collected and kept on innocent people without a warrant or any probable cause.