Skip to comments.Speaking A Foreign Language Is All It Could Take To Become An NSA Target
Posted on 07/06/2014 8:49:11 AM PDT by PoloSec
The Washington Post is out with another bombshell report based on documents taken by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and one frightening new detail from the story is just how easy the intelligence agency can justify capturing data on Americans by claiming they are "foreign."
As required by law, the NSA is tasked with gathering intelligence on foreign subjects, and it must work to "minimize" data collected on American citizens. While this can understandably be a difficult prospect as internet traffic often passes through U.S. servers the WaPo report reveals that the burden of proof is much lower than previously believed:
One analyst rests her claim that a target is foreign on the fact that his e-mails are written in a foreign language, a quality shared by tens of millions of Americans. Others are allowed to presume that anyone on the chat buddy list of a known foreign national is also foreign.
With this anecdote, it's easy to see a fairly large segment of the U.S. population could be swooped up in the dragnet. The logic would mean an American father sending an email in Spanish to his daughter, or an American businessman selling products in Europe, could both be subject to data collection.
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Yes. It’s right up there with breathing...
Police State America. Thank all those who voted for the Patriot Act and signed it into law.
I’m not sure I see what the problem is.
Our national security watches. It rarely acts, but it watches.
These are the sorts of things, among others, our national security should monitor.
I speak Pig Latin-Otay!
Soon English will be the foreign language.
I’ve come back into the country at Otay Mesa...
All you need to know about the “Patriot” Act is right there in the name. Just like “Affordable” Care. The message was it’s unpatriotic to question it or oppose it. Whatever it was it had nothing to do with patriotism. Security or unconstitutional police-state spying, but not patriotism.
Chinga su madre, tu hijo de puta rata.
Me puso en su lista, imbecil.
Shortly after taking those classes, I was sent on a TDY assignment at a German anti-aircraft range for the summer. We were the only Americans for 200 miles.
I'm now celebrating the 35th anniversary of the best summer of my life (so far). Time flies...
Hoch va QIn ghItlh jIH qaStaHvIS tlhIngan.
So, when if I call obama a sheisskopff, I’ll get fingered? Uh, make that probed.
Son ratas de dos patas. We have all been on the gov watch list since we signed up for Free Republic.
Spanish is ok though.
I think that erhaps speaking out against the Alinskyites in the Executive Branch is the target of the NSA!
Oh great.... I’m first-gen American and I speak one of the world’s oldest spoken languages. I write emails to family and friends in that language. I thought that would actually protect me from the goons — since their Stasi-checked “keywords” wouldn’t show up...
2nd amendment? check
Purchase (legally) ammo and weapons on line? check
Speak Spanish? check
Visit right wing sites? check
Frequent international travel? check
Donate to Free Republic? check
Admire Jim Robinson? check
I am on the list with most of the other Freepers