ICREACH: the NSA's Google-Like Search Engine

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Tue, Aug 26th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to classified documents obtained by The Intercept, the NSA has a Google-like search engine with which it allows "nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies" to access "more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats" of both foreign and American citizens.

In a statement to The Intercept, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence confirmed that the system shares data that is swept up by programs authorized under Executive Order 12333, a controversial Reagan-era presidential directive that underpins several NSA bulk surveillance operations that monitor communications overseas. The 12333 surveillance takes place with no court oversight and has received minimal Congressional scrutiny because it is targeted at foreign, not domestic, communication networks. But the broad scale of 12333 surveillance means that some Americans’ communications get caught in the dragnet as they transit international cables or satellites—and documents contained in the Snowden archive indicate that ICREACH taps into some of that data.

Legal experts told The Intercept they were shocked to learn about the scale of the ICREACH system and are concerned that law enforcement authorities might use it for domestic investigations that are not related to terrorism.

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