New Snowden Documents : NSA/DEA Warrantless Intercepts
Check out the latest from The Intercept (Ryan Devereaux, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras), Data Pirates of the Carribean, on an NSA and DEA program called "SomalGet", which is part of MYSTIC.
NSA and the DEA have been recording every phone call in the Bahamas without the knowledge of the Bahamian government.
[The NSA] appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the country’s cellular telephone network, enabling it to covertly record and store the “full-take audio” of every mobile call made to, from and within the Bahamas – and to replay those calls for up to a month.
The program has also been used in Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya.
[W]hile MYSTIC scrapes mobile networks for so-called “metadata” – information that reveals the time, source, and destination of calls – SOMALGET is a cutting-edge tool that enables the NSA to vacuum up and store the actual content of every conversation in an entire country.
Here is a 2012 memo written by an official in the NSA's International Crime & Narcotics division describing the program. [More....]
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