Washington, DC (TFC) – As Snowden considers returning to the US, if he can get a fair trial in a federal courtroom, it might be time to review some basic facts about the domestic surveillance program that very likely is aware you are reading this article right now.
The NSA has a blanket order to spy on your domestic phone calls. It collects information about the date and time of numbers dialed and the length of call. There is no evidence that it is currently storing recordings of the phone calls, though it is widely suspected to be occurring.
Under this blanket order, the NSA collects data on 3 billion phone calls per day.
Calls by US citizens that begin or end outside of the United States are subject to recording and monitoring without a warrant.
Emails to or from overseas accounts are also stored and/or read by the US secret police. It is unclear if simply being transferred through an overseas server makes the email eligible for collection.
Banking transfers that cross international lines are subject to monitoring without a warrant.
The NSA pays closer attention to your social media profile than your obsessed ex. It combines social media data with GPS locations and builds profiles about your activities.
In 2008, the agency maintained over 150 data processing sites scattered around the globe to sort through the massive amount of data.
Disconnecting from the web does not stop the NSA. The agency has developed technologies that use radio and wifi to access computers that aren’t even online.
The NSA collects over 200 million text messages per day.
The NSA maintains a database that links email addresses and phone numbers to the names of US citizens.
The XKeyscore Program captures and stores 40 billion internet records per month. The NSA has your browser history.
All iPhones, Droids, and Blackberry phones are hacked by the NSA. They have your selfies.
The NSA only has charter to operate internationally, but is allowed to turn your data over to domestic law enforcement.
This NSA massive surveillance network has never stopped a terrorist attack or led to an arrest.
There is no real oversight of the NSA’s spying capabilities.