Ever wonder if any of your communications have been caught in the global surveillance net of the National Security Agency (NSA)? You might not have to wonder much longer.
According to the journalist who assisted former NSA subcontractor (and CIA spy?) Edward Snowden in disclosing documents proving the massive unconstitutional searching and seizing of electronic communications, he may soon reveal the names of American citizens who were targeted by the NSA.
In an interview published May 18 in the (London) Sunday Times, Glenn Greenwald (shown) hinted that Snowden’s legacy would be “shaped in large part” by a forthcoming “finishing piece.”
Speaking to GQ magazine, Greenwald dramatically described the possible scope of the disclosure.
“As with a fireworks show, you want to save your best for last. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicoloured hues,” Greenwald said.
Putting a finer point on the issue, however, Greenwald told the Sunday Times:
One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, "Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?" Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer.
It’s likely that this master list, if it is ever published, will be very lengthy, in light of the various surveillance tactics the NSA has been using for years.
With the assistance of Greenwald, Snowden has leaked one constitutional violation after another committed by the NSA. All of which, it must be understood, was done with the cooperation of the president, the Congress, and the courts. The strength of the evidence of collusion among the three branches of the federal government in the de facto repeal of the Fourth Amendment is overwhelming.
For example, under the NSA’s PRISM program, the NSA and the FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time,” as reported by the Washington Post.
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Photo of journalist Glenn Greenwald: AP Images