The NSA Managed to Collect 500 Million US Call Records in 2017 Despite Targeting Just 40 People

In the first full year of the Trump administration, the National Security Agency really went all out in efforts to surveil Americans. According to a new report released Friday, the agency sucked up more than 534 million US phone records in 2017, three times the amount it collected in 2016.

Source: The NSA Managed to Collect 500 Million US Call Records in 2017 Despite Targeting Just 40 People

NSA report discloses that the agency tripled its surveillance of Americans in 2017

One effect of the Snowden leaks is that the NSA now makes an annual disclosure of the extent of its domestic surveillance operations; that’s how we know that the NSA collected 534 million phone call and text message records (time, date, location, from, to — but not the content), which more than triples its surveillance takings in 2016. (more…)

Source: NSA report discloses that the agency tripled its surveillance of Americans in 2017

FBI supervisor warned Comey in 2014 that warrantless surveillance program was ineffective

An official who supervised the FBI’s Section 215 warrantless phone surveillance program revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013 says he warned then-Director James Comey it was woefully ineffective in catching terrorists and needed to be modified……

Source: FBI supervisor warned Comey in 2014 that warrantless surveillance program was ineffective