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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate 262

Posted by Soulskill
from the nothing-to-see-here-move-along dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "James R. Clapper, the nation's Director of National Intelligence, claimed that recent reports about the NSA monitoring Americans' Internet and phone communications are inaccurate. 'The Guardian and The Washington Post articles refer to collection of communications pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,' he wrote in a June 6 statement. 'They contain numerous inaccuracies.' While the statement didn't detail the supposed inaccuracies, it explained why the monitoring described in those articles would, at least in theory, violate the law. 'Section 702 is a provision of FISA that is designed to facilitate the acquisition of foreign intelligence information concerning non-U.S. persons located outside the United States,' it read. 'It cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located within the United States.' Those newspaper articles describe an NSA project codenamed Prism, which allegedly taps into the internal databases of nine major technology companies: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. Both publications drew their information from an internal PowerPoint presentation used to train intelligence operatives. Speaking to Slashdot, Google, Microsoft and Facebook all again denied knowledge of Prism; the Google spokesperson suggested he didn't 'have any insight' into why Google would have appeared in the NSA's alleged PowerPoint presentation. But many, many questions remain."
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Intelligence Director Claims NSA Surveillance Reports Inaccurate

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  • by FriendlyLurker (50431) on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:02AM (#43936439)
    Google, Yahoo, Skype... "We don't give the NSA access to your mail/chat". What they really mean is: "We let them take copies of everything via the backdoor API, before we even store it"
  • Great argument (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:04AM (#43936467)

    It would be illegal, so that can't be what happened.

  • by Bodhammer (559311) on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:11AM (#43936541)
    In other news, George Orwell's "1984" was published 64 years ago yesterday.

    "The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
  • Re:what gets me... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:43AM (#43936933)

    I went to an Iraq War protest with my oldest son back in the day. Next time my wife went to print the family's boarding passes for a domestic flight, two passes wouldn't print.

    Mine, and my youngest son.

    Coincidence? If it was because of the protest, they did get the wrong boy, so maybe...

    But I went to that protest fully expecting some kind of retaliation, and was not disappointed. I can board planes easily now, at least until they track this message back to me. Don't think the AC is going to fool them, based on these latest reports.

  • by Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:43AM (#43936937) Journal

    > Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."

    This, by the way, and probably deliberately, is the textbook definition of neurosis.

  • by squiggleslash (241428) on Friday June 07, 2013 @10:45AM (#43936983) Homepage Journal

    Does NOFORN mean "Foreign intelligence agencies are not involved in the activities described by this document" or "Foreign intelligence agencies should not be shown or given access to this document"?

    My guess would be the latter. Why would GCHQ be given a copy of this PowerPoint slideshow? Would they even need it?

  • by mindmaster064 (690036) on Friday June 07, 2013 @11:21AM (#43937413) Homepage
    I used to work at Bank of America and NSA had a black door closet in our office that I couldn't get into. Now mind you I had a security key card that could open any door in the establishment due to me being in the network security team. I could get in any VIP office, the trade floor, any secured area and any BofA server room on the premises but no one in our company could open that one door. So it's not just Internet dotcoms it's all your financial transactions and anything else as well. They are snarfing everything.
  • by gl4ss (559668) on Friday June 07, 2013 @11:50AM (#43937909) Homepage Journal

    what I'm confused about is.. didn't Obama just admit to this the other day?

    or is this different spying?

    wtf?

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