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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @06:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the wonder-how-long-until-the-staff-gets-wiretapped dept.

Cory Doctorow at bOing bOing reports Newly disclosed documents from the trove Edward Snowden provided to journalists reveal the existence of the Nymrod database that listed 122 world leaders, many from nations friendly to the USA, that were spied upon by the NSA. Included in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was already known to have been wiretapped by the NSA thanks to an earlier disclosure. Nymrod's "Target Knowledge Database" combed through the NSA's pool of global intercepts to amass dossiers of private communications emails, faxes, calls and Internet traffic related to the leaders.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by starcraftsicko on Tuesday April 01 2014, @09:47PM

    by starcraftsicko (2821) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @09:47PM (#24480) Journal

    I'm not sure that this is news. I'm not sure that this is bad or abusive.

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    The leaders of nations, and those who aspire to be leaders of nations are legitimate surveillance targets of national intelligence agencies - even intelligence agencies of nations that I dislike. As the citizen of an alleged world power, I'd be outraged if my national intelligence agency wasn't at least trying to do this. Seriously. GO NSA!

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    The scandal with the NSA and its counterparts that we should be focusing on is the combination of trying to spy on everyone and selectively sharing the information gathered with (domestic and foreign) agencies that act in a 'law enforcement' capacity. This is contrary to the US constitution and constitutional principles as I understand them and leads to ethically questionable (and possibly illegal) practices like parallel construction.

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