Monday, October 14, 2013

The Bastards Are Collecting Everything On Us, Including Contacts from Our Personal E-mail Lists

WaPo has a really shocking story:

The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.

Each day, the presentation said, the NSA collects contacts from an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on live-chat services as well as from the inbox displays of Web-based e-mail accounts.
Read the rest here.


  1. I don't know why you insist on stubbornly confronting the state head on like your hero Kokesh. Stop using email! It only provokes these responses!

    1. Idiot. As soon as they start arresting people for such posts, I will stop making them publicly. What are you going to do, big balls, anonymous?

    2. Regardless of whether what he did is wise, Kokesh IS a hero, just like Snowden is despite being hunted by the US for the rest of his life, and Manning despite being in jail for the rest of his life.
      People that make a stand against the state at the expense of their own life or liberty for the goal of freedom are heroes, at lot more than any of us who just rant through our keyboards.

  2. Do you still think snowden was doing this as an op to justify more spying? I had thought that but no longer do bc too much damaging info is out and more is coming

  3. ... Since 9/11 There is no freedom or liberty in the USA... every person is a potential terrorist in the eye of the nsa ... its a shame ...