The NSA Is Harvesting Americans’ Contacts From Email Address Books, Chat Services

9144691164_533e0758f4_oAll of the familiar settings this time around: based on documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, seems to completely contradict earlier statements from professional truth-bender James Clapper, completely chilling details yet the public’s response so far has been “meh.”

As The Washington Post reported today, “The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.”

But they are only using this power against, like, terrorists in caves and Thor’s brother, right?! It isn’t a widespread practice or anything, I’m sure…

Well, actually, not quite: “During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation,” The Washington Post revealed today.

That’s a lot of thought criminals. Aside from how shockingly large these numbers are, and how completely unconstitutional it is for a government agency to rifle through private citizens’ address books in order to form “hidden connections and to map relationships,” it’s kind of amusing that this techno-fascism is reviewed internally in the most banal way possible: a PowerPoint presentation.

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  • Charlie Primero

    The National Socialist Agency can have ALL my Yahoo mail addresses. It’s 99% spam.

  • jose chung

    Sounds likes USPS propaganda to sell more stamps

    • Simon Valentine

      bird of prey shall land today
      cloaked or not i say i say

      • jose chung

        The poppy is the price of war, not olive branch suffice

        • Simon Valentine

          the price upon a head
          translates well as said
          for perhaps began
          a wise handle of the fel
          nature gone as soon as it’s seen
          integers to infinites not vice-verseer
          upon the sphere what’s wrote we hear
          and we here change no genus
          four clique loop vacuum
          car-bon(e)ds
          donuts
          swiss cheese
          and soda

        • Simon Valentine

          (in reply to the song)

          birds to sand to glass
          an honest man at last
          still i traipse the hyperbola
          Alas in name and kind
          what to do with gravity so close
          when does not crush design
          oh great spirit of the eagle
          we as the glass of thee
          tear from me the wolf
          as sand is churned of seas
          or at the feat of jackals
          afore the coming magi

          • jose chung

            Nil desperandum.Across the desert lies the promised land

  • I_abide

    My first thought…. how is this a surprise.

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