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In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted
far outnumber the foreigners who are

Washington Post, by Barton Gellman*

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/6/2014 5:30:08 AM

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

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Reply 1 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 7/6/2014 6:31:57 AM     (No. 9912516)

Being an avid user of the Linux operating system, I was surprised to learn on a computer forum yesterday that Linux users, and those who do a Google search for cryptography or security programs are among those targeted by the NSA. The spooks, apparently, find anybody who knows more than they do about computers and cryptography suspect.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 7/6/2014 6:38:32 AM     (No. 9912518)

I thought Snowden was suppose to release the 1 million names that NSA was spying or intercepting information from these individuals. Does anyone what happened?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 7/6/2014 7:15:33 AM     (No. 9912540)

The NSA isn´t spying on traditional enemies of the state. If they were,they would have seen ISIS coming.Worse than that,they´re probably giving them money and military hardware to keep going. I mean why weren´t stockpiles of equipment left behind by the Americans wasn´t secured or destroyed to keep them out of enemy hands.

Conservatives and guns are the only things stopping the left from their dream of universal power,therefore both must go.Israel is probably first in line because they could come to the aid of normal Americans.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 7/6/2014 7:25:59 AM     (No. 9912553)

I do not believe the WaPo got information for this article from Snowden. It probably came from the administration to use as a distractive tool. Snowden makes the perfect patsy to blame. Whether the article is correct or not is anybody´s (but this administration´s) guess.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 7/6/2014 8:05:28 AM     (No. 9912597)

#4 makes a very interesting point. On the computer forum I visited, the article on Linux-user spying gave it´s source as "anonymous, and not from Snowden". Apparently, somewhere, there is another leak source, or possibly just someone with access to Snowden´s stash of information.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: natpock1, 7/6/2014 8:55:20 AM     (No. 9912643)

#3 the administration did know about ISIS read the other must read "Why The White House Ignored All Those Warnings About ISIS" they just chose to ignore it. They only want to deal what fits their view of the world which is bass-ackwords

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nevernaught, 7/6/2014 10:15:24 AM     (No. 9912712)

If NSA was efficiently doing the job it was designed for, then why didn´t we hear about the current planned invasion of illegals to this country from all points of the compass.

The reason is relatively simple, using the information collected by the agency rests upon a President who is actively attempting to destroy the country he was supposedly elected to defend. As long as he is in charge, and is breaking all of our laws, then NSA is part of the problem, not an intelligence solution.

People like Pelosi, Reid and the other air head liberals in Congress are increasingly part of the problem. They should be complaining about Obama breaking all the laws that this and other Congresses in the past have passed, instead of going to the border and consorting with criminals.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MeiDei, 7/6/2014 10:32:08 AM     (No. 9912730)

Distressing article - this especially caught my eye:

FTA "If a target entered an online chat room, the NSA collected the words and identities of every person who posted there, regardless of subject, as well as every person who simply “lurked,” reading passively what other people wrote".

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Reply 9 - Posted by: uno, 7/6/2014 10:55:06 AM     (No. 9912747)

Anybody remember when the Left had a conniption over Bush monitoring Overseas phone calls from suspected terrorists?
They twisted it into some conspiracy theory that the Bush administration was monitoring tens of millions of domestic callers! Yet today we have this and not even a peep from the Left about it!! Welcome to the new Communism of unnecessary, over-reaching, over-bearing recklessness!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/7/2014 1:47:47 AM     (No. 9913386)

Since I´m only lurking and the connection quit and then restarted on the same page, I can only assume Barry´s demonrat NSA network took the time to capture my identity. Is that why letters print one to a second too? Well, nuts on them if they don´t like what I say. The last I knew, the 2nd Amd still exists. For how long is the question.

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