Administration Taps Servers of Internet Companies Routinely

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Branco cartoon via legal insurrection

Oh joy, our government has direct access to and regularly taps into the servers of the top Internet companies. The NSA and FBI can peek at video, audio, photos, e-mails, and pretty much anything. They look at connection logs to track people.

The government officials say they are not engaged in data mining, just data collection. Okay…but if they want to mine, all they have to do is go to their collection.

Senator Feinstein claims there is a higher standard to use the data if there is not a possible terror connection. That will make me sleep better. Feinstein’s on the job.

The program exposed by the Guardian and the Washington Post is called PRISM. We were told about the metadata telecommunications collection of phone calls but the NBC sources say it’s much more.

Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple all participate allegedly but all are denying it.

The 2007 Protect America Act laid the foundation for it.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been saying this is the case for some time.

Clapper told Congress today  that the articles in the Guardian and WaPos had numerous errors and the government doesn’t wittingly monitor citizens.  Also the cases are brought before the FISA court.

After seeing what the courts did to James Rosen and the AP, I don’t have a lot of faith in the FISA judges.

I have one question, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FOURTH AMENDMENT? Aren’t they overreacting and overreaching? Okay, that’s two questions.

Read more at NBC News

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