New NSA Leaks Show How Easily The Government Can See Almost Everything You Do On The Internet
July 31, 2013
National Security Agency documents provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden reveal a system that allows analysts to search “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.”
Glenn Greenwald reports that training materials for a program called XKeyscore show how analysts — without the review of a court or other NSA personnel — can mine extensive agency databases by giving only a broad justification for the search.
“It’s very rare to be questioned on our searches,” Snowden told the Guardian in June, “and even when we are, it’s usually along the lines of: ‘let’s bulk up the justification.'”