Tuesday, December 24, 2013
"The NSA’s business is 'information dominance,' the use of other people’s secrets to shape events." Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished.
Taken together, the revelations have brought to light a global surveillance system that cast off many of its historical restraints after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Secret legal authorities empowered the NSA to sweep in the telephone, Internet and location records of whole populations. One of the leaked presentation slides described the agency’s “collection philosophy” as “Order one of everything off the menu.”