"One thing sits at the heart of what many consider a surveillance state within the US today."

Executive Order 12333

#Privacy

Fri, Aug 29th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Issued in 1981 under the Ronald Reagan administration, Executive Order 12333 allows intelligence agencies to have "incredible leeway" when "seeping up vast quantities of Americans' data." It is this order, argue whistleblowers, that is "the heart of the problem" of today's surveillance state.

“This program was started at least back in 2001 and has expanded to between 80 and 100 tap points on the fiber optic lines in the lower 48 states,” he said by e-mail. “Most of these fiber optic tap points are not on the East or West coast. This means that the primary target of this collection is domestic... Most collection of US domestic communications and data is done under EO 12333, section 2.3 paragraph C in the Upstream program. They claim, near as I can tell, that all domestic collection is incidental. That’s, of course, the vast majority of data.”

Specifically, that subsection allows the intelligence community to "collect, retain, or disseminate information concerning United States persons" if that information is "obtained in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, international narcotics or international terrorism investigation."'

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