Illegal NSA Wiretapping Program Involved Data Mining

News reports over the holidays revealed that the US National Security Agency (NSA)'s presidentially approved domestic spying program is even broader than the White House acknowledged.

Now we learn that, according to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, the NSA has gained access to major telecommunications switches inside the US, giving it essentially unchecked access not only to international communications but to purely domestic emails and phone calls as well. Those newspapers, and a new book by New York Times reporter James Risen, have further revealed that the NSA has been using that access--as well as access to telecommunications companies' databases--to data-mine Internet logs and phone logs for suspicious patterns, presumably to find new targets for the wiretapping program. EFF: DeepLinks

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 7th January 2006 2:07AM