NSA Analysts Can Start Spying On You Without Any Court Or Senior Approval
July 31, 2013
National Security Agency Analysts don’t need a court order to listen in on your communications.
Previously, we reported that the authority is granted to NSA analysts when a FISA court judges signs a broad (as opposed to particularized) one-paragraph order declaring that general procedures submitted by the attorney general on behalf of the NSA are consistent with U.S. law and fourth amendment.
Recently released classified NSA slides indicate that those “general procedures” are startingly simple — as simple as picking a printer in the office.
Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian released information on the NSA’s classified XKeyscore program, a piece of software that allows analysts to collate, collect, and search everything that occurs over http internet communications.