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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Greenwald: Analysts Listening To Trillions of US Phone Calls Without Warrant (Video)

By Susan Duclos

In the new video below Glenn Greenwald talks about the NSA and how analysts, with no court orders, can listen to U.S. phones and claims he is working on a story that will prove it, also daring the Obama administration  to deny what he is saying is true.

Greenwald was one of the first journalists to provide documentation from NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, which has rocked the White House domestically and internationally.

"It's an incredibly powerful and invasive tool," Greenwald said of the program Snowden used, "exactly the type that Mr. Snowden described. NSA officials are going to be testifying before the Senate on Wednesday, and I defy them to deny that these programs work exactly as I've just said."

Greenwald describes the capabilities of the program, which is accessible to low-level private contractors: "The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and email in their databases. What these programs are are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things: it searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you've entered; and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or connected to that IP address do in the future. And it's all done with no need to go to a court, with no need to even get supervisor approval on the part of the analyst."