NSA has been illegally copying all internal Google and Yahoo traffic. Apparently Google’s move to encrypt their internal traffic was well motivated. But what’s really astonishing is the slide from NSA explaining the program.
Yes, it’s a fucking smiley face. “Lol 4th amendment jk”.
There’s been so many revelations about NSA’s spying this summer it’s hard to make sense of the big picture. But for me, there’s two big things. One: NSA is wholly (and illegally) spying on US citizens in direct violation of their mandate and the Constitution. Two: NSA is remarkably competent at spying, using big data and Internet technologies effectively. A competent spy agency with no effective public oversight fundamentally threatens American freedoms.