Oh where have you gone Edward Snowden; a nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you.
The boulder that got rolling back in June, by NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden – is rolling faster down the mountain. It’s a given that the NSA mined American’s social media and emails. We’ve grown to accept this and realize that free email and free social networks come with a price. Fine.
Now,a latest disclosure will make you pull the covers over your head at night: The NSA tried to track Americans’ cellphone locations:
NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress on Wednesday that his spy agency ran tests in 2010 and 2011 to see if it was technically possible to gather U.S. cell-site data, which can show where a cellphone user traveled. The information was never used, Alexander said, and the testing was reported to congressional intelligence committees. Now, top U.S. intelligence officials are revealing more about their spying in an effort to defend the National Security Agency from charges that it has invaded the privacy of Americans on a mass scale.
That’s right, the NSA has now turned into a public spying version of Grindr!
FACTS ABOUT THE NSA SPYING ON AMERICANS:
-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated: "“On occasion, we’ve made mistakes, some quite significant. … Whenever we found such mistakes, we’ve reported, addressed and corrected them.” To paraphrase Clapper’s statement, he simply said, "Whoops!"
-In 2012, NSA chief Keith Alexander told Congress that his agency doesn’t even have the ability to collect data on Americans. Why do we get more outraged when Anthony Weiner lied about his Twitter pics?
-The FBI’s top priority for 2013 is to increase their online surveillance authority. According to the feds, the limitations on their surveillance powers may now pose a “threat to public safety.”
-NSA not only spied on the public, but it also broke the rules to read their wives’/lovers’/partners’e-mails and other communications. This was done so much that they even gave it a cute often nickname — LOVEINT. Essentially they let NSA employees be online stalkers.
-After the Snowden leaks, James clapper sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, apologizing for his “clearly erroneous” testimony, because he “simply didn’t think” of a major provision of the Patriot Act. Previously, he testified that the NSA does “not wittingly” collect data on Americans.