Only two days after Independence Day, The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman and associates have published news indicating that the information disclosures by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden are much more extensive than previously thought.
In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net
In today’s Washington Post, an analysis of data samples showing the exact nature of data collected by the NSA, and it includes a tremendous amount of information about ordinary U.S. citizens that the Federal government has repeatedly denied it is collecting.
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.
Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.
Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or “minimized,” more than 65,000 such references to protect Americans’ privacy, but The Post found nearly 900 additional e-mail addresses, unmasked in the files, that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or U.S.residents.
The surveillance files highlight a policy dilemma that has been aired only abstractly in public. There are discoveries of considerable intelligence value in the intercepted messages — and collateral harm to privacy on a scale that the Obama administration has not been willing to address.
The constant, ongoing release of the Snowden information trove is bad news for the Administration and National Intelligence Community, as nearly every release shows them to be either outright liars and prevaricators, or unaware of what’s going on directly under their noses (other than the substances they are apparently inhaling, of course).
The Administration seems bent on destroying its credibility entirely. From trumped up boards of inquiry to ongoing and repeated denials of illicit spying on American citizens, and inept, ill considered spying on allies, the Administration seems unable to read the writing on the wall and to come clean to the American people. In the midst of all the denials, one thing the Administration hasn’t denied is the authenticity of the Snowden documents.
~ BE st shoveling music EVA !!!!! I hope to shovel more and have victory ale with my cheap head phones ~ Turning to the busy street near driveway mouth ~ Playing air shovel, in the present ~ Showing them my swirlie heavy psych swagger ~ Winter 2014 ~ WOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ~ Going out now to prep for the flakes ~best workout just take it slow and swirlie ~
Morning Emissions is 60 minutes of news followed by freeform radio goodness.
Here’s a transcript of this morning’s Morning Emission:
Good Morning! It’s Wednesday, February 12th, and there’s only one more shopping day left before Valentines Day. It’s getting down to the wire… are you ready?
The planet’s surface has been warming up a tad… more on that in a few moments… Mincka, Peter Patriot, and I remain bound in the period where we can’t produce DayPages in time for broadcast, but you can still find them at DayPage.net. The do-nothing congress gone done something – they raised the debt limit. How dandy for them. Ice skating at Sochi sparks war between the US and Canada. A 25 year study of 90,000 women finds no impact of mammography on deaths. Food industries go to war over sweeteners. And Barbie makes the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Speaking of real, Weather is next on Radio InfoWeb mornings…
[sorry, no transcript of the weather forecast ]
One more way we help gently pry your eyes open in the morning. Check it out on the audio stream…
As Tyrone might say, here’s how the McCheese is made. Well, one way anyway. Sometimes I get together with Tyrone on IM, and we trade music links. Sometimes, they wind up as a radio segment. Here’s one that did, and I’ve promised myself to post these more often. So, enjoy these links, and enjoy the music on the Radio InfoWeb stream as well! If the links have gone bad (as they will with time), the music on the stream remains!
David Bowie “Stay” ’78 Adrian Belew
Tyrone really likes the way Adrian, as a very young man, rips this up! Bowie obviously concurs.
David Bowie “Rebel Rebel” Belew ’78
After that experience (above), I thought I’d try out one of my favorite Bowie oldies that brings back good memories. Here it is from the same live set on German TV.
Frank Zappa – City of Tiny Lites
Adrian Belew tries this out on a track on the InfoWeb set you’ll hear on the stream. It’s not included here. Adrian’s version gave me a taste for hearing composer Frank Zappa perform it…
Frank Zappa – City Of Tiny Lites (live 1980-10-25)
Buffalo (2007) live in Buffalo, NY, October 25th, 1980
Frank Zappa – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Steve Vai – Stunt Guitar & Background Vocals
Ray White – Vocals & Rythm Guitar
Ike Willis – Vocals & Rythm Guitar
Tommy Mars – Keyboards & Vocals
Bob Harris – Keyboards, Trumpet & High Vocals
Arthur Barrow – Bass & Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums, Vocals
Of course, there are many other versions on YouTube. Feel free to listen to them all! – this gave me a taste of one of my favorite tongue-in-cheek Zappa tunes, so here it is…