Israel’s unfettered access to NSA data
The NSA's sprawling surveillance dragnet, which daily collects data on millions of U.S. citizens' online and phone communications, is troubling enough. Now it has been revealed that not only the U.S. government, but the Israeli government too has near unfettered access to considerable amounts of communications data going out of the U.S.
The latest in the Guardian's barrage of revelations, based on a top-secret memorandum between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart and leaked by Edward Snowden, illustrates how the surveillance state stretches far beyond national borders. As Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen McAskill reported Wednesday, the NSA -- as regular practice -- shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about U.S. citizens. Via the Guardian: