Universal espionage is an act of war upon not only the American citizenry, but also the entire planet.

by 1389 on June 9, 2013

in 1389 (blog admin), Internet, Iran, NSA, Pakistan, privacy, tyranny

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Had the US been directing its surveillance solely against Muslim countries, no level of espionage could be called excessive. Despite the disgraceful international treaties and corrupt business arrangements that are currently in effect, all Muslim countries, factions, tribes, regions, and forces are the enemies of the US and of every non-Muslim country. For that reason, I have no complaint about the NSA snooping on Pakistan or Iran. That’s its job.

For the NSA to spy on American citizens suspected of no wrongdoing, along with peaceful citizens of other countries that we have no reason to be at war with, is suicidal.

As far as I know, neither the BRICS nations, nor other non-Muslim countries, have formed a coalition to bring down the US – at least not yet. Their citizens vastly outnumber Americans and they are entirely capable of devising means of communications that the NSA cannot penetrate – or maybe they’ll rely on face-to-face contacts for the most sensitive communications. Either way, figuring out what happens next is left as an exercise for the reader. I would suggest that the US government has overreached itself, big time.

Guardian (UK): Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data

Boundless Informant heat map - click to enlarge
The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). Note the ‘2007’ date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself. [Click to enlarge.]

By Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskillguardian.co.uk, Sunday 9 June 2013 10.08 EDT

Revealed: The NSA’s powerful tool for cataloguing global surveillance data – including figures on US collection

Boundless Informant: mission outlined in four slides
Read the NSA’s frequently asked questions document

The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications.

The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.

The focus of the internal NSA tool is on counting and categorizing the records of communications, known as metadata, rather than the content of an email or instant message.

The Boundless Informant documents show the agency collecting almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013. One document says it is designed to give NSA officials answers to questions like, “What type of coverage do we have on country X” in “near real-time by asking the SIGINT [signals intelligence] infrastructure.”

An NSA factsheet about the program, acquired by the Guardian, says: “The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country.”

Under the heading “Sample use cases”, the factsheet also states the tool shows information including: “How many records (and what type) are collected against a particular country.”

A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA “global heat map” seen by the Guardian, shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97bn pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide.

The heat map [above] reveals how much data is being collected from around the world. Note the ‘2007’ date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself.

Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14bn reports in that period, followed by 13.5bn from Pakistan. Jordan, one of America’s closest Arab allies, came third with 12.7bn, Egypt fourth with 7.6bn and India fifth with 6.3bn.

The heatmap gives each nation a color code based on how extensively it is subjected to NSA surveillance. The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance).

The disclosure of the internal Boundless Informant system comes amid a struggle between the NSA and its overseers in the Senate over whether it can track the intelligence it collects on American communications. The NSA’s position is that it is not technologically feasible to do so.

At a hearing of the Senate intelligence committee In March this year, Democratic senator Ron Wyden asked James Clapper, the director of national intelligence: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

“No sir,” replied Clapper.
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