The NSA’s ‘Reasonable Articulable Suspicion’ legitimizes surveillance of just about anyone
By Mike Cotugno
The Electric Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published a chart of primary source documents compiled from newspapers and the government regarding the NSA and the recent domestic spying scandals.
In these documents, there is a treasure trove of startling information that has yet to be discussed by both the mainstream and alternative media.
There are many slides to go over, but on this first of a series of articles, we will be covering a top secret course on “Reasonable Articulable Suspicion” (RAS).
What is RAS? RAS is the standard by which the NSA deems you to be someone they can spy on because of your alleged relation or connection to someone they regard as a threat.
On page four of 17, the RAS is defined as follows:
An identifier will meet the Reasonable Articulable Suspicion Standard if based on the factual and practical considerations of everyday life on which reasonable and prudent persons act, there are facts giving rise to a reasonable articulable suspicion that the identifier is associated with one of the specified Foreign Powers.