What? Israel is one of five countries upon which the NSA "strategically focused" counterintelligence operations? This doesn't sound right. It contradicts the standard story. What's going on? They're spying on us ? Unbelievable!The Edward Snowden Revelations about NSA Surveillance
On June 5, 2013 the Guardian carried the headline "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily." The lead article, by Glenn Greenwald, began as follows:
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk--regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
This was followed by another story in the Guardian the following day - June 6, 2013 - by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskil with the heading "NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others."
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.
Also named as being part of the Prism program were Microsoft, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, and AOL. A slide included in the second Guardian article, labeled "TOP SECRET//SI//ORCON//NOFORN" listed the types of materials that analysts might obtain through their PRISM queries:
- Chat -- video, voice
- Stored data
- VoIP [voice data]
- File transfers