The NSA apparently has quite the way to search out and distribute personal data, and the media outlet that profiled the revelation helped everyone else make one overwhelming comparison.
And who can blame them with a clever presentation like this from The Intercept, a Google interface with the name replaced. It's even complete with an "I'm Feeling Invasive" button and an email account for the former NSA director in the spot to log in.
"The documents suggest these results can be used reveal the 'social network' of the person of interest—in other words, those that they communicate with, such as friends, family, and other associates."
The Intercept says it uncovered details on ICREACH through the NSA files released by Edward Snowden. While it monitors the private communications of foreigners, Ryan Gallagher writes ICREACH has kept millions of records on Americans who've never been accused of wrongdoing.
Gallagher says documents revealed the program has access to about 850 billion records of phone calls, emails and more.
Whether this is actually the first time we've heard about NSA's Google is debatable. The Intercept is published in part by Glenn Greenwald, one of Snowden's first journalist contacts and an outspoken supporter of the exiled former NSA contractor.
Greenwald himself, however, hailed the article on ICREACH and the documents they profiled as "new" in several tweets Monday.
Since Snowden's massive security breach and leak of documents, the NSA's former director and other intelligence officials have insisted while analysts have access to records of U.S. citizens, they only monitor perceived threats.
New details on ICREACH will likely only stoke public skepticism of just how broadly the U.S. intelligence system's programs reach.
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