According to Snowden documents published by The Guardian in 2013, XKEYSCORE is by the NSA’s own admission its “widest reaching” program, capturing “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” A subsequent report by The Intercept showed that XKEYSCORE’s “collected communications not only include emails, chats, and web-browsing traffic, but also pictures, documents, voice calls, webcam photos, web searches, advertising analytics traffic, social media traffic, botnet traffic, logged keystrokes, computer network exploitation targeting, intercepted username and password pairs, file uploads to online services, Skype sessions, and more.” For the NSA and its global partners, XKEYSCORE makes all of this as searchable as a hotel reservation site.

Sam Biddel

The Intercept, WEdnesday, February 22nd, 2017



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story time: presidential edition
  • so you know how everyone has a story
  • you know
  • like the story
  • like if you’re at a party and someone turns to you and says, tell the story
  • and you know exactly what they mean
  • the story
  • well 
  • i have a story
  • and not unlike most good stories, it involves three key components:
  • barack obama
  • pre-2008 reebok sneakers 
  • and the absolute earth-shattering horror you can only feel after making the worst mistake of your life

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Obama's Parting Blow Against Privacy
The NSA is relaxing its privacy rules, allowing more information on the private communications of Americans to be sent to 15 different intelligence agencies.
By Conor Friedersdorf

The outgoing Obama administration has just made NSA-collected data available to 17 different federal agencies, providing myriad new possible ways for mass data collection to be abused. And just in time for President Trump.


All the powerful surveillance tools President Trump will have at his disposal

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency is far from transparent in how it runs surveillance and gathers data on U.S. citizens, and the intelligence agency does not need Congressional approval to make changes. Even though President Obama implemented new restrictions on surveillance last year, the NSA still has the power to ask companies for data, and by law the companies have to follow through. The growing concern with NSA surveillance under a Trump presidency is largely rooted in Americans’ civil rights.

Drone Program

The president has the right to order a drone strike to kill suspected terrorists without charges or a trial. Earlier this year, in a New York Times op-ed, two ACLU lawyers warned that “whoever prevails in November will inherit a sweeping power to use lethal force against suspected terrorists and militants, including Americans.”

PRISM Program

The NSA’s PRISM program gathers data — email, instant-message chats and videos — from major tech companies like Google and Facebook.  According to the Washington Post, that data is shared by the NSA with the FBI and CIA. Existence of this surveillance tool was brought to light when documents from 2013 were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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NSA chief Mike Rogers suggests Russia tried to get Donald Trump elected

National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael S. Rogers did not mince words this week: It seems to be his opinion that the government of Russia attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential elections in favor of Donald Trump. However, some intelligence experts have thrown doubt on the nature of the WikiLeaks-Russia connection.