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NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity

New revelations about NSA surveillance systems show that it was enough to fill in a short ‘justification’ form before gaining access to any of billions of emails, online chats, or site visit histories through a vast aggregation program called XKeyscore. The structure of XKeyscore, leaked by the UK’s Guardian newspaper, is sourced from a classified internal presentation from 2008 and a more recent Unofficial User Guide, presumably obtained by Edward Snowden when he was a contractor for the National Security Agency in the past year. It shows that XKeyscore – then located on 750 servers around 150 sites worldwide – is a vast collection and storage program that served as the entry point for most information that was collected by the NSA. The Guardian claims that in one 30-day period in 2012 the program acquired 41 billion records.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Why are there so few red dots in the U.S.? Is it because the U.S. is taken over entirely already? Is it because there is such strong freedom in the U.S. that the NSA has difficulty setting up centers? Is it because the focus is generally not on Americans? Why?

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