If you needed more of a reason than the protection of civil liberties for limiting the NSA’s surveillance powers, would it sway you to know that the current program of data collection is largely ineffective? Don’t just take my word for it. In a leaked internal newsletter, an NSA analyst explains how he stumbled across a “goldmine” of information the NSA had collected in its undiscerning dragnet:
“By sheer luck, (and a ton of hard work) I discovered an important new access to an existing target and am working with TAO to leverage a new mission capability,” the analyst wrote to colleagues. TAO refers to Tailored Access Operations, an NSA hacking team which had collected the 900 usernames and passcodes. . . .
Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute professor, told The Intercept it was “interesting” that the analyst used the word “discovered” because it means that either the NSA “didn’t realize” it had been collecting PDVSA’s information or that, perhaps, there had been a bureaucratic miscommunication on the subject.
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