NSA Uses Trick to Spy On Americans

George Washington's picture

The government is spying on most Americans through our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, via mobile scanners and drones, through our credit cards and smart meters, televisions, dolls, and in many other ways.

This week, ZDNet reported that the NSA uses a trick to get around the few flimsy American laws on spying … they shuttle internet traffic overseas so they can pretend they’re monitoring foreign communications:

A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to “deliberately divert” US internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.

 

According to the new analysis, the NSA has clandestine means of “diverting portions of the river of internet traffic that travels on global communications cables,” which allows it to bypass protections put into place by Congress to prevent domestic surveillance on Americans.

 

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One leaked top secret document from 2007 details a technique that allows the intelligence agency to exploit the global flow of internet data by tricking internet traffic into traveling through a set and specific route, such as undersea fiber cables that the agency actively monitors.


Leaked NSA document from 2007. (Image: source document)

 

The document’s example noted Yemen, a hotspot for terrorism and extremist activity. It is difficult to monitor because the NSA has almost no way to passively monitor internet traffic from the cables that run in and out of the country. By shaping the traffic, the agency can trick internet data to pass through undersea cables that are located on friendlier territory.

 

Goldberg’s research takes that logic and focuses it on US citizens, whose data and communications is out of bounds for the intelligence agencies without a valid warrant from the surveillance court.

 

The government only has to divert their internet data outside of the US to use the powers of the executive order to legally collect the data as though it was an overseas communication. Two Americans can send an email through Gmail, for example, but because their email is sent through or backed up in a foreign data center, the contents of that message can become “incidentally collected” under the executive order’s surveillance powers.

Thomas Drake – one of the top NSA executives, and Senior Change Leader within the NSA – blew the whistle on this deceptive practice more than a decade ago.

For his troubles, Drake was prosecuted under the Espionage Act and literally framed by the government.

Postscript:  Drake also notes that the government is storing for the long-term just about everything they’re collecting.

But don’t worry … the government would never think of doing anything bad with the information.

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indio007's picture

Welcome to last decade.

Bemused Observer's picture

They can store all the digital data they want. Every day, more and more people wake up to what is being done around them, and every day we get more proof that this system they have installed is error-prone, subject to outside interference and is being actively manipulated by both official and unofficial sources.

 

As the tech becomes better, it also becomes obvious that those who manipulate have better tools to do that manipulation. So, the 'facts' that get uncovered are becoming less trustworthy, less believable. 'Facts' can be planted, images can be 'adjusted', or changed altogether. People's entire accounts can be hacked into, even from the other side of the planet.

 

So, when they start trying to USE all that juicy data, they might just find that no one believes it anymore. Juries could very well start refusing to convict anyone on 'digital evidence', and even decide not to trust any source USING such evidence. These government stooges might find themselves sitting on the biggest pile of 'data' in human history, with no way to use it effectively because no one trusts or believes it anymore.

 

Meanwhile, the real criminals/terrorists will have free rein over the digital realm, the only sure protection for the law-abiding will be to keep all important personal data OFF the system. And when the criminals start thinking along the same lines, then our 17 different intelligence agencies will have no way to track or monitor them at all, because those agents don't have the training to do that without their digital 'toys' anymore. They will be helpless sitting in front of their monitors, because all the important 'action' will be happening elsewhere.

montresor's picture

Wanna draw out a deep stater? Put a computer hacking book on Ebay for sale at a price below the Amazon price.. A young deep state operator will buy it from you and then give you the address of his DC apartment for fast delivery.. Works every time...

Solio's picture

The People MUST be monitored in order to check their abillity to accept constantly more fraud and deception (wars, pedophilia, children in harms way) from the ruling elite.

Herdee's picture

https://www.jammer-store.com/gp5000-car-use-gps-jammer-blocker.html

If police are investigating you for something they'll put tracking devices on your vehicle with court permission. Organized crime uses the same techniques and often use them on police and individuals as well. Two way street.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Yea, it's called:

Racketeering.

By the Criminal Fraud entity aka the UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. and it's affiliates at the Criminal Fraud STATE / LOCAL Levels.

redmudhooch's picture

I'd like to ask the fella in Tel Aviv spying on me what he thinks of my boring mediocre life?

Oh, and I love Israel.....

Reaper's picture

The truth is they receive no consequences.

Northern Flicker's picture

A NSA search on "pizza" might turn up some interesting results.  I switched to smoked meat myself.

Mariner33's picture

Out of control Deep State. Evidently Trump is not strong enough yet to counter it yet.

Dg4884's picture

What's it going to matter when we EMP ourselves.  I mean when the Chicoms or ruskies do it.

syzygysus's picture

Or they just ask the Brits for their collected US citizen database.   Easy peasy.

GreatUncle's picture

Oh they echange services ... hey can you spy on that US citizen for us and we will hack and annoy that person you don't like.

Yep about how it works.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Good. I hope someone figures out how dangerous I am soon.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

Look, dont be childish about this.  You have NO expectation of privacy while using ANY means of electronic communication.  It is just that simple.  It is all collected, reviewed and stored for possible later use.   

Think old school, face to face.  Don't ever confess (That is what you are doing.) on the phone or in writing in an email.

GreatUncle's picture

It's worse than that ... even if you note something in a document on your own personal computer they want that too.

Your point only specifies the conduit of information, not the personal use because your PC if internet connected is their property in their eyes.

Go look at the Google terms and condition for an Android phone and see how they have written in "they can read, write and delete to it" and then even more amusing "make calls and connet to other networks with it" and YOU GET BILLED FOR IT!

The battle lines against the state are

1.) All wireless in you area - kill it with a WIFI jammer every wireless signal.

2.) Then as the router is comprimised and build your defences behind that router not in it.

A network bridge is good at this point my router is now blacklisted on devices and the bridge is my redoubt.

3.) But now I got the enemy in the rear the infliltrator called Microsoft but have figured a way to possibly block that.

You have to keep up with their war against you ... failure to do so makes you the victim.

SixIsNinE's picture

if anyone could recommend a good jammer, one that is very low power, meaning within 2-3 feet max from a person's body, but would totally jam any outgoing - i.e., injected microchip rfid, or incoming, to a phone in pocket, etc. -  it would be appreciated.  

 

 

highwaytoserfdom's picture

 

Can we just shut the power and water off the server farms?   Isn't   it a national emergency?

Don't support  machine until something is done get them out of the failed business that has not stopped one act of violence, but created 20m democide deaths since the occupations after WW2.

 

Defense is needed not this offense instability rules of war profits and drug funding.   

I'm so much safer now that my books and laptop are taken..      #agnewPense #RomBomaDump #stopBuyingMSMproducts

Kokulakai's picture

We're gonna' need a lotta' rope.

gregga777's picture

"Postscript: Drake also notes that the government is storing for the long-term just about everything they’re collecting."

That's for when the Feral Gangster Government begins enacting (blatantly Unconstitutional) retroactive criminal statutes. Formerly legal activities will be retroactively criminalized to ensnare anyone that they want to get rid of.

GreatUncle's picture

In the end the NSA / GCHQ and all those who work for them will be despised and detested in the future for who and what they are.

You can see it coming a mile away, the cost in better quality of life to be evened out by taking it back.

Politicians will say unpatriotic, when you disregard constitutions at the highest level and all the laws derived from it then all the legality and unpatriotic arguments are worthless when the politician tries to use it. (WE HAVE REACHED THIS POINT).

This destruction of constitution by the globalists / UN / NATO is really what the globalists unlocked to create their NWO.

To fix it what is needed is the strength of the constitution being restored to provided the arbritage of elites and slaves coexsting together once more.

Chupacabra-322's picture

They're completely, absolutely in you're Face

Tyrannically Lawless.

What did they expect? What little trust, loyalty & respect The American People had for Corporate GOVERNMENT has been squandered.

And, they absolutely have NO ONE to Blame but themselves. However, their arrogance & Hubris prevent them from blaming everyone else except themselves.

The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths are completely self absorbed AssHoles in their own Blue Pill PsyOp Matrix of Reality. In their arrogance, the globalists take for granted the sheeples blind allegiance and comatose state.

The end result will be Public Executions.

strickler's picture

All that, yet the protected class (Hillary, et al) can destroy emails and the Justice department can act like they are unrecoverable.  

SmittyinLA's picture

That's expensive, the only way to legally do that is to create an illegal cartel to block shorter cheaper transmissions or one that's secretly subsidized cheaper than shorter routes, also illegal.

Umh's picture

What are you saying? Routing protocols like BGP control the flow of traffic on the Internet.

Erek's picture

Why should illegalities stop any of these assholes?

PrivetHedge's picture

Slower, less secure internet.

The NSA got into all of our routers too according to McAffee.

Then their back doors get hacked and used by other criminal gangs as in wannacrypt.

What possible use for humanity is the NSA?

Nobody For President's picture

What possible use is the NSA?

As a backup for my data if my computer goes down?

Buck Johnson's picture

Exactly.  You see they put backdoors in everything in order to make it easier for them to get into our devices and software but at the same time not realizing that other hackers and criminal (and other countries) could find those same things and hack us also. 

 

07564111's picture

For you ? maybe selecting those whom get kept and those whom don't ?

 

Russia is heading down the same road..cyber warfare advances.

Erek's picture

"What possible use for humanity is the NSA?"

I need to wipe the shit off my boots on SOMETHING.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Of course you know that the pseudo technical term laughingly used at the agencies for bypassing the legal process is called 'reach around'.

How apt when the agencies take your tax money to spend on new and creative ways to screw you in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give you a reach around.

R. Lee Ermey's performance nailed it. Sergeant Hartman was way prescient.

 

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

 

philipat's picture

GCHQ in the UK has the same legal issues for spying on UK citizens. It's well known that the NSA and GCHQ just tap the other country's data then exchange it. No laws broken in either country. And in the words of Aimee Mann "it's not going to stop"...

GreatUncle's picture

We have to improve our capabilities and treat the spying intelligence agences as enemy combatants.

Problem is 90% of the population are to stupid to realise this.

We are the slave class, NSA GCHQ are the slave foreman who get paid far more for loyalty.

Doing their masters work who are not the population.

Chupacabra-322's picture

All Slavespeak is based on the premise that there exists external authority and that the individual must subordinate himself to that higher power. Since reality shows us quite clearly that those claiming “authority” over others are just human beings—the same as those over whom they claim to have power—then any such claim can be identified as being merely an inadequate attempt to justify a master/slave relationship. But once this concept of external authority has been accepted, then an avalanche of supporting words and terms can follow: Government, tax, war, citizen, democracy, Constitution, legislator. All rely on the premise that authority justly resides outside of individuals and must be obeyed. Slavespeak is dedicated to utilizing, while at the same time disguising or explaining away, this invalid concept of external authority. It hides the widespread master/slave relationship that exists in today’s societies by calling it a government/citizen relationship. The Slavespeak definitions for “government” and “citizen” make this perfectly acceptable to the citizens/slaves, many of whom actually take great pride in their citizenship.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

All Slavespeak is based on the premise that there exists external authority and that the individual must subordinate himself to that higher power. Since reality shows us quite clearly that those claiming “authority” over others are just human beings—the same as those over whom they claim to have power—then any such claim can be identified as being merely an inadequate attempt to justify a master/slave relationship.

"the most dangerous superstition"

redmudhooch's picture

90% of the polulation Do realize this.

The media just makes us think that they don't.

They want us to feel like we're all alone, but we're not.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

let's not forget leaks have proven the NSA forwards EVERYTHING to Israel, just because!