NSA COLLECTING PHONE RECORDS OF MILLIONS OF VERIZON CUSTOMERS DAILY
TOP SECRET COURT ORDER REQUIRING VERIZON TO HAND OVER ALL CALL DATA TO NSA (Story/Guardian)
NSA PRISM PROGRAM TAPS IN TO USER DATA OF APPLE, GOOGLE AND OTHERS
INTRODUCING THE PROGRAM: A slide briefing analysts at the National Security Agency about the program touts its effectiveness and features the logos of the companies involved.
MONITORING A TARGET’S COMMUNICATION: This diagram shows how the bulk of the world’s electronic communications move through companies based in the United States.
PROVIDERS AND DATA: The PRISM program collects a wide range of data from the nine companies, although the details vary by provider.
PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS: This slide shows when each company joined the program, with Microsoft being the first, on Sept. 11, 2007, and Apple the most recent, in October 2012.
UPSTREAM PROGRAM: This slide shows PRISM as only one part of the NSA’s system for electronic eavesdropping. The “Upstream” program collects from the fiber-optic cable networks that carry much of the world’s Internet and phone data. The underlying map depicts the undersea cables that connect North America to the rest of the world.
ACQUIRING DATA FROM A NEW TARGET: This slide describes what happens when an NSA analyst “tasks” the PRISM system for information about a new surveillance target. The request to add a new target is passed automatically to a supervisor who reviews the “selectors,” or search terms. The supervisor must endorse the analyst’s “reasonable belief,” defined as 51 percent confidence, that the specified target is a foreign national who is overseas at the time of collection.
ANALYZING INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM PRIVATE COMPANIES: After communications information is acquired, the data are processed and analyzed by specialized systems that handle voice, text, video and “digital network information” that includes the locations and unique device signatures of targets.
EACH TARGET IS ASSIGNED A CASE NOTATION: The PRISM case notation format reflects the availability, confirmed by The Post’s reporting, of real-time surveillance as well as stored content.
SEARCHING THE PRISM DATABASE: On April 5, according to this slide, there were 117,675 active surveillance targets in PRISM’s counterterrorism database. The slide does not show how many other Internet users, and among them how many Americans, have their communications collected “incidentally” during surveillance of those targets.
OBAMA ORDERS US TO DRAW UP OVERSEAS TARGET LIST FOR CYBER-ATTACKS
TOP SECRET OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE STEPS UP OFFENSIVE CYBER CAPABILITIES TO “ADVANCE US OBJECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD” (Story/Guardian)
BOUNDLESS INFORMANT: THE NSA’S SECRET TOOL TO TRACK GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE DATA
3-PAGE BOUNDLESS INFORMANT EXPLANATION DOCUMENT, WHICH SHOWS THE NSA COLLECTED ALMOST 3 BILLION PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE FROM US COMPUTER NETWORKS OVER A 30-DAY PERIOD ENDING IN MARCH (Story/Guardian)
TOP SECRET NSA BOUNDLESS INFORMANT TOOL DETAILS AND MAPS BY COUNTRY THE VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IT COLLECTS FROM COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE NETWORKS (Story/Guardian)
GCHQ INTERCEPTED FOREIGN POLITICIANS’ COMMUNICATIONS AT G20 SUMMITS
EXTRACTS FROM LEAKED TOP SECRET GCHQ DOCUMENT DESCRIBING AGENCY’S “RECENT SUCCESSES” SPYING ON FOREIGN POLITICIANS AT G20 SUMMITS (Story/Guardian)
THE TOP SECRET RULES THAT ALLOW NSA TO USE US DATA WITHOUT A WARRANT
TOP-SECRET DOCUMENT SHOWS FISA JUDGES SIGNED OFF ON BROAD ORDERS ALLOWING NSA TO MAKE USE OF INFORMATION “INADVERTENTLY” COLLECTED FROM DOMESTIC US COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT A WARRANT (Story/Guardian)
SECRET DOCUMENT DETAILS PROCEDURES THE NSA IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW TO TARGET “NON-US PERSONS” UNDER ITS FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE POWERS – AND WHAT THE AGENCY DOES TO MINIMIZE DATA COLLECTED ON US CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS (Story/Guardian)
ONE-PARAGRAPH ORDER, SIGNED BY FISA COURT JUDGE, DECLARES PROCEDURES SUBMITTED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF NSA ARE CONSISTENT WITH US LAW AND FOURTH AMENDMENT (Story/Guardian)
NSA COLLECTED US EMAIL RECORDS IN BULK FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS UNDER OBAMA
SECRET CORRESPONDENCE INVOLVING ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL MUKASEY IN 2007 REQUESTING PERMISSION FOR NSA TO EXPAND ITS “CONTACT CHAINS” DEEPER INTO AMERICANS’ EMAIL RECORDS (Story/Guardian)
TOP SECRET DRAFT REPORT FROM 2009 BY NSA’S INSPECTOR GENERAL SHOWS DEVELOPMENT OF “COLLECTION OF BULK INTERNET METADATA” UNDER PROGRAM LAUNCHED UNDER BUSH (Story/Guardian)
XKEYSCORE: NSA TOOL COLLECTS “NEARLY EVERYTHING A USER DOES ON THE INTERNET”
TOP SECRET TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE XKEYSCORE PROGRAM DETAIL HOW ANALYSTS CAN USE IT AND OTHER SYSTEMS TO MINE ENORMOUS AGENCY DATABASES AND DEVELOP INTELLIGENCE FROM THE WEB (Story/Guardian)
EDWARD SNOWDEN: THE WHISTLEBLOWER BEHIND THE NSA SURVEILLANCE REVELATIONS