12 October 2013, 15:46

NSA phone tapping okayed by court

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America’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, has granted a request from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the National Security Agency to continue collecting metadata concerning telephone connections with the aim of detecting foreign spies and terrorists. It once again ruled that operations of this kind comply with the law and do not violate citizens’ privacy.

In early June, the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the existence of a secret FISC permission to tap the mobile network Verizon and of a top-secret NSA programme, codenamed PRISM, to survey communications maintained by popular web portals. On September 30, Snowden told The Guardian that the NSA stores metadata on millions of Internet users who have never been implicated in illegal activity. In a recent interview with Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, the whistleblower also said that the NSA has carried out more than 60,0000 cyberattacks aimed at computer networks in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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His revelations have triggered a global outcry and a wave of court and parliamentary hearings around the world.

Interestingly, during Snowden’s time as a CIA IT contractor in Geneva his superiors there reported instances in which he hacked into secret databases. According to The New York Times, poor coordination between American intelligence agencies prevented his next employers, the NSA, from getting the word. 

Voice of Russia, AFP

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