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Eavesdropping on the Planet
The Inalienable Right to Snoop?

Blum, William
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/27/eavesdropping-on-the-planet/

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  27/06/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article

Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links … voice, text, images … captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth, then processed by high-powered computers … if it runs on electromagnetic energy, NSA is there, with high high tech. Twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps billions of messages sucked up each day. No one escapes. Not presidents, prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General, the pope, the Queen of England, embassies, transnational corporation CEOs, friend, foe, your Aunt Lena …

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