The Obama administration has sprung a gusher. This is pretty remarkable. In the space of three days, we have learned (so far) that
- The National Security Agency has been collecting complete call records on Verizon users (and probably all the other telcom customers as well) for perhaps seven years;
- The National Security Agency is vacuuming user data, including audio and video conversations, directly from the servers of some 40 internet-based companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and others (notably, not Twitter); and,
- The US President has drawn up a list of cyberwarfare targets in a directive that reads very much as though it is intended to be used.
More, please. Also, I hope The Guardian is more enthusiastic about defending Glenn Greenwald than they have been about Julian Assange.