Slides show secret NSA program to take data from internet firms, feds claim “inaccuracies” in reports (Updated)

Good to know who sold us out first.


The FBI and the National Security Agency have been pulling photos, emails and other personal information from the servers of nine U.S. internet companies, according to an explosive report in the Washington Post that describes a secret six-year snooping program.

Highly confidential slides explaining the program, known as PRISM, say information gleaned from the companies’ servers contributed to 1 in 7 NSA reports and figured prominently in the President’s daily briefings. The slides appear to have been leaked to the Post.

Update: According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the government’s data-collection efforts also included information from internet service providers as well as credit-card and transaction-processing companies.

The revelation of the program, which the Post said has expanded significantly in the last six years, is significant because it amounts to a wholesale domestic spying program on the millions of Americans who use common cloud-based services like…

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A resident of the “30 square miles surrounded by reality,” I spend most of my time teaching economics and statistics to undergraduate students. I enjoy, naturally, economics and business, but also science (I was once an astronomical observatory assistant), politics, photography, food, travel and sports. Madison has grown quite a bit since 1978 when Governor Lee Dreyfus made that remark. According to Wikipedia, Madison is 67.3 square miles of land and 16 square miles of water. Visit for one of my favorite views of the isthmus. Or, why not come visit us!

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