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  (Source: media.salon.com)
France wants answers

France is concerned about the U.S. National Security Agency's (NSA) spy programs and its intentions when it comes to the involvement of French citizens, and now, the country is demanding answers.

France summoned the U.S. ambassador on Monday after French newspaper Le Monde detailed the NSA's actions in spying on French citizens. It turns out the amount and depth of the NSA's spying on France is more than the country was aware of, and it plans to get detailed justification. 

"We have extremely useful cooperation with the United States in the struggle against terrorism, but this cooperation does not justify everything," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. "So we've asked the United States to provide clarifications, explanations and justifications extremely quickly."

According to the U.S. embassy in Paris, Ambassador Charles Rivkin promised Fabius's chief of staff that he would tell Washington about France's NSA worries. 

Le Monde said the NSA recorded 70.3 million bits of French telephone data between December 10, 2012 and January 8, 2013. The NSA also collected tens of thousands of French phone records.

While the NSA says it targets those suspected of terrorism activity or involvement, those part of French business or politics were also spied on through the NSA's surveillance programs. 

Back in July, Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiry into the NSA's Prism program after The Guardian in Britain and Der Spiegel in Germany uncovered a more widespread spying effort by the NSA. 

The NSA has been under the microscope ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden uncovered the spying methods used by U.S. intelligence agencies earlier this year, which included collecting data from phones. This was used to fight terrorist attacks, but the public feared for their privacy after such revelations.

In August, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Days later, an internal audit showed that the NSA broke the law nearly 3,000 times from 2011 to 2012. More specifically, the May 2012 audit revealed that the NSA had abused its power to either accidentally or intentionally spy on Americans and green card holders 2,997 times in that time period. 

Just last week, The Washington Post revealed that the NSA seized the email and IM contacts lists of 700,000+ accounts daily in 2012.

Source: Le Monde



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RE: just wondering...
By ritualm on 10/21/2013 7:20:14 PM , Rating: 2
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That's the only real way to protect against anti-terrorism. You don't just ask someone if they're planning something, you have to spy and gather intel.

The various LEAs (FBI, DEA, NSA, CIA, etc.) and armed services could have talked to each other and actively shared information.

The agencies could have acted upon intel supplied by foreign intel groups.

They could have bothered to connect the dots.

Nope. They did none of the above. All of that egregious violation of our rights couldn't stop the Boston Marathon bombing from taking place. Yet here you're claiming how we need to live in a police state in order to be safe.

Tried... and failed?


RE: just wondering...
By vol7ron on 11/2/2013 4:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes and no.

What happened with the Boston Marathon was a bunch of failures. I think the criminals were actually brought into the Pentagon for questioning at some point because of their activity, which probably would not have happened without some surveillance.

More data and better analytical engines would help detect, would it not? It's understood that you can't prevent everything, but you can't try -- can't you? The alternative is keeping the status quo, which as technology improves, makes it increasingly difficult to protect yourself against evildoers who much better understand how to game and find holes in defense systems.

Police state is a little harsher than I would use, but so you know, we have kind of already been in such a state for the last 50+ years. What's changed is what the public has come to know and the degree to which the government has increased their surveillance/monitoring.


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