Now we know all Americans’ international email is searched and saved, we can see how far the ‘collect it all’ mission has gone
by Alexander Abdo and Patrick Toomey, The Guardian:
Another burst of sunlight permeated the National Security Agency’s black box of domestic surveillance last week.
According to the New York Times, the NSA is searching the content of virtually every email that comes into or goes out of the United Stateswithout a warrant. To accomplish this astonishing invasion of Americans’privacy, the NSA reportedly is making a copy of nearly every international email. It then searches that cloned data, keeping all of the emails containing certain keywords and deleting the rest – all in a matter of seconds.
If you emailed a friend, family member or colleague overseas today (or if, from abroad, you emailed someone in the US), chances are that the NSA made a copy of that email and searched it for suspicious information.