More Revelations: Feds Collected Bulk Email Data
Another 'Guardian' story hits, reveals more metadata collection
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
A banner supporting Edward Snowden is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district, June 21, 2013 file photo.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

(Newser) – The revelations about the NSA's surveillance operations just keep coming. The Guardian has yet another piece revealing that the government spent a decade collecting bulk email data, in much the same way it collected bulk cellphone data. As with the cellphone data, the government collected metadata, meaning information on the time the email was sent, the sender and recipient, and possibly their respective locations, but not the emails' contents. Obama administration communications director Shawn Turner confirmed the program's existence.

The project was authorized shortly after the 9/11 attacks, with the FISA court renewing an order approving it every 90 days. Turner says it was discontinued in 2011 "for operational and resource reasons." While at first it was limited to communications in which at least one participant was outside the US, and in which neither was believed to be a US citizen, in 2007 a secret Justice Department memo expanded the program to include "United States persons and persons believed to be in the United States as well." The Guardian article does not mention globetrotting leaker Edward Snowden as its source, but it is written by Snowden's confidant, Glenn Greenwald.

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Wrongdirection
Jun 28, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
You have to love the irony of the article. The Nazi Spy Agency collect everyones email data but doesn't read emails.. Like I'll go and buy a steak just to look at it.. This information or misinformation is becoming somewhat questionable as to wheither any money should be spent on an agency such as this.. Someone is a lying bag of shit.. They'll make anyone out to be whomever they want them to be, good or bad...Really!
realtruth
Jun 28, 2013 9:56 AM CDT
So does anyone think that the Terrorist use the NSA's spying techniques as a means to confuse and Terrorize the NSA itself??? Or at least do some misleading messages?? The whole concept is a big waste of money.. BIG Money..
19_56_19_55
Jun 28, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
Obama don't scare anybody and that's why leaders of countries that are not friendly with us and even American traitors are not scared if he had a no nonsense approach to them he would have more respect and fright from them and fright is good when you deal with countries that want to kill us and if we go back to killing traitors no matter where they hide these weak minded butt wads would think twice. I can't believe there isn't a reward for Snowball. All these big time bankers should be investigated our own senators and congress people should also be investigated .AND AS ALWAYS MAKE AMERICA STRONGER BUY AMERICAN . When you buy American you help with jobs and security instead of all our programs being cut to appease the rich bastards that moved their companies to China and else where. the single most reason our economy is doing bad is cause the big companies have moved to places that don't care about the environment and most if not all have forced labor. BOYCOTT ANY CRAP THAT COMES FROM CHINA THEY ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS THEY ARE OUR ENEMY. That's why China won't get involved in North Korea. They are as big a threat as Iran and any other country that wants to do America harm. think about it next time you go shopping.