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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: 1) by GmanTerry on Wednesday April 02 2014, @12:01AM

    by GmanTerry (829) on Wednesday April 02 2014, @12:01AM (#24529)

    This is my concern also, but on a larger scale. Even if we dismiss blackmail by the NSA as was practiced by J. Egar Hoover, when he headed the FBI. There is the total subversion of the democratic process becoming possible. The NSA has the information to control elections as well as people. Information is power and the NSA has information on everyone. This includes judges, journalists, Congressmen and Senators. Does anyone really trust politicians and bureaucrats to not use this information and power for corrupt purposes? I don't believe this country can survive for another decade with secret courts feeding a secret government watching and recording the activities of 100% of the citizens.

    Since when is "public safety" the root password to the Constitution?