Owner of small Utah ISP describes how the NSA got him to install surveillance equipment
Monday, July 22, 2013
For the first time since Edward Snowden leaked information on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the owner of an ISP has publicly discussed how the NSA got him to install equipment to directly spy on one of his customers.
Pete Ashdown, the CEO of XMission, detailed his experience when he received a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant in 2010 which forced him to allow the federal government to monitor a customer of his.
Of course, like all FISA orders, it also contained a broad gag order, which still prevents him from telling all the details.
According to what Ashdown wrote for Buzzfeed, the request he received in 2010 was especially difficult because he was completely unable to fight it.
“The FISA request was a tricky one, because it was a warrant through the FISA court — whether you believe that is legitimate or not,” Ashdown wrote.
It was also different from the other warrants he was served because the NSA and FBI sought to place monitoring equipment to focus on a particular website which “was very benign,” according to Ashdown.
Ashdown said he was served with an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that was three or four pages of text, all of which he was unable to copy.