Former National Security Agency (NSA) analysts, and others, discuss the scope of the agency’s domestic telecommunications surveillance program in statements issued from September through November, 2012, in Jewel v. NSA, et al. (United States District Court of Northern California).
“I agree with Mr. [Thomas] Drake’s assessment that everything changed at the NSA after the attacks on September 11. The prior approach focused on complying with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The post September 11 approach was that the NSA could circumvent federal statutes and the Constitution as long as there was some visceral connection to looking for terrorists.”
— former NSA analyst J. Kirk Wiebe.
“The NSA has the ability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords and phrases in email. The NSA has the ability to do individualized or small scale searches for particular electronic communications in real time. It also has, or is in the process of obtaining, the capability to seize and store most electronic communications passing through its U.S. intercept centers.”
— former NSA analysts J. Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake and William Binney.