NSA Uses Trick to Spy On Americans

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.

Yesterday, 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 mean with the information.

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  • Zartan

    Has any “org” even tried to take the NSA to court? Is there any represenititive of the People? Why is it that the US Government is so Spoiled? Nobody protests! Nobody does a GD thing, except, OBEY, and that BS is getting OLD.

    I wish the RUSSIANS, would HACK THE NSA to PIECES, and EXPOSE ALL OF THEIR Secrets! Perhaps, they should look at it -in terms of their National Security- becuase it could undo the US government, completely. Who knows what Evil intentions they are Hiding! The US governemnt does not serve a valid purpose, it serves to STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      It’s interesting because in a few of Steven Seagal’s early movies he was very critical of the CIA –
      Above the Law for example. Now in his movies, he’s usually an ex-agency badass doing one last job and sometimes critical of authority in general.

      • collette.robert@yahoo.com

        Nice wheat belly

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      Get a reverse osmosis water filter and detox

      • Zartan

        Sometimes, you have to think “outside the box,” as, “my enemies enemy applies!” If enough US citizens ( 1-Million, or so, America can do better?) sign a petition and invite RUSSIA to HACK the NSA and Expose Everything with OUR Permison; well, it would totally undo the Government and NSA.

        Imagine, how the People will feel when Granny finds her phone calls about her constipation issues were recorded and downloaded on a database! Nevermind, all the Other SENSITIVE issues, too many to list, and the “Goldmine” would be obvious! The FURY of the People would be directed at the US government.

        DO NOTHING … and, this Treasure trove of Infamy will be used against YOU, America.

        I do not need to detox, but the American people ( ALL, and I am BIG enough to say it) had better find some “smart pills,” real soon, because there are Major Consequences coming and no filter will help.

  • WillDippel

    Here is an interesting look at how the CIA can make snooping software appear as though it is sourced in Russia and other nations:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2017/03/how-central-intelligence-agency-hides.html

    Basically, we cannot trust the American intelligence network.

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      They’re not very intelligent

  • Silverado

    What besides the truth are they so afraid of? More moral outrages from the “enemies within” the Founders warned us about over 240 years ago. It’s long passed time to deep six the deep state…

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      But think of the booty–I mean money

  • Stuff Statists Don’t Like

    The U.S. government is afraid of it’s own citizens. For the totalitarian way they are to us, they have something to be afraid of.

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    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      yes

  • Todd Millions

    What if the traffic monitored is simply streamed through an oversea base?American Samoa or Porta Rico?Does such a manoeuvre
    exempt the monitoring from-Domestic restrictions?
    About 2007- the blessed AL Gore’s interweb started to go to smash but-If you punched up search engine hubs on overseas Americian “territories”-lost results would magically reappear for about 18 months till these servers became as useless as the rest of the trash service we have come too expect.

    The smart phones only appear to be- when compared to the losers that are used by them.
    As uncle Nichie was fond of putting it-“Ven you channel zurf der woid,
    der woid channel zurfs you also!
    Remember!”

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      It’s called a “loophole” should we put it around their necks?

  • Steve Carr

    Privacy is every Americans right. Freedom of speech and freedom of the internet,. We must keep the internet free from the government. Stop the Government from spying on everybody, we have a constitutional right to our privacy. Use the search engine that does not change its results for political reasons and respects your privacy, just good old fashion results that are not tracked. Lookseek.com they have there own search results and don’t use other search engines data, Have a great day

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      ixquick.com and duckduckgo.com are good as well

  • H00per

    F#ck the NSA! If you’re serious in protecting your privacy, I would recommend using a VPN service like Privatoria or FrootVPN. Leave Google and use privacy friendly Startpage.com instead. Switch to privacy browsers like Brave and Tor Browser. And of course, always be cautious on what you post on social media and forums. Once it’s out there, it’s usually forever.

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      usually?

  • Mike Guy

    The Backbone of the US Government’s Internet of Things (IoT) is the NSA Smoke Detector Spy Net – All Smoke Detectors in the US were mandated to be replaced after 9/11, while at the same time the CIA worked with Technology Companies to mandate Government Grade Wi/Fi type “Chips” be installed in all new modern Technology, including all new “Appliances and Devices” – this includes Computers, TVs, Monitors, Cell Phones, Tablets, etc. These “Appliances and Devices” have “Chips” that connect to Smoke Detectors! The Electromagnetic Frequency (EF) they use is a Government Only EF Signal, so it does not operate on the same EF Signals available in the Private Sector, and is only allowed to be used by the Government. So, even if you are not connected to the Internet through your own personal connection, all of your modern technology seamlessly connects to the Government’s Internet of Things, and everything you do on the computer can be seen and heard!
    AND! That’s not all, because each Smoke Detector is broadcasting a Unique Microwave Frequency, while simultaneously receiving signals from other Smoke Detectors within its vicinity, these Microwave Signals can be “Turned into Cameras” – Thats right, through the use of “Triangulation,” and Supercomputers, the Microwave Signals can be used to build virtual cameras and the All Seeing Eye is real! And with the Smoke Detectors sending all the information back to the NSA through Cell Phone Towers, other receivers and even Satellites, the logs can be recorded and stored and the Operators can look back as long as the logs and the “Sensor Grid” has been in place!

    • collette.robert@yahoo.com

      Give them something interesting to listen to. Maybe something that will put them to sleep.

  • collette.robert@yahoo.com

    But who or what is analyzing the information? What do the “settlers” do for a living?

    • Zartan

      Your phone calls and Internet information are “all” being downloaded to a Gargantuan Database somewhere in Nevada. If you become a person of interest your name is googled. BINGO! Now, when you need a JOB, and apply, your background checks ( clearences, most decent jobs, require such) could become negative ( do not hire) because data was leaked from that database.
      Leakers Get Paid and Keep Leaking!

      Nobody will tell you Anything, You just wont get that JOB. All because of those silly posts you made! This is how selective Persecution works.

      Understand?

      Third Party Venders are already trying to leach NSA information, and there is talk of Information sharing with Law Enforcement … Then it goes Global! This will happen, because there is too much money involved.

      Your employer will pay for Access, He/She just will not pay You.