Evidence of Decades of NSA Monitoring

    The following compilation of NSA disclosures has been gathered by the whistleblower William Binney, formerly one of the most senior NSA directors.

    These reports describe and illustrate the vast government programmes that record and store huge quantities of personal, professional, financial, and political communications. Almost certainly illegal, even in the present climate of leniency, the huge programmes these reports document have been secret and protected by draconian legislation.

    With thanks to William Binney for providing this compilation. 

    The US Government says it doesn't listen in on its citizens without a court order. The following incidents say it does:

    NSA Gave Other US Agencies Information From Surveillance 
    By Walter Pincus for the Washington Post
    This article reveals how, in the 1960s and 1970s the NSA was eavesdropping on American peace activists sharing information with other government agencies and cross-checking with other databases to investigate US citizens.

    Lawsuits Over Government Surveillance Languish
    By Paul Elias for the Associated Press
    Before there was Edward Snowden, there was Mark Klein - a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing US spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants. Klein's allegations launched dozens of consumer lawsuits alleging invasion of privacy.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Oversight
    Robert Mueller, FBI Director, testified at an oversight hearing on law enforcement operations and practices at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a result of the above revelations. 

    Inside Account of US Eavesdropping on Americans
    By Brian Ross, Vic Walter and Anna Schecter for ABC News
    An report of how revelations by whistleblowers showed that despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials to the contrary, hundreds of US citizens overseas have been eavesdropped on as they called friends and family back home

    FBI Director in testimony to the Senate on 30 Mar 2011
    FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," during which he reviewed some of the FBI's work in responding to what are described as complex and wide ranging threats.

    The Whistleblower Who Exposed Warrantless Wiretaps
    By Michael Isikoff for Newsweek
    The story of whistleblower, Thomas Tamm's phone call to the New York Times is an untold chapter in the history of the secret wars inside the Bush administration. The Times won a Pulitzer Prize for its story. Congress passed a major new law to govern the way such surveillance is conducted. But, as is often the case with whistleblowers, Tamm has not fared so well. 

    Former FBI Counterterrorism Agent Tim Clemente: 'No Digital Communication Is Secure'
    By Alexis Kleinman for The Huffington Post
    In an interview with CNN, former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente said that the FBI could listen to phone calls between citizens. "Welcome to America," he said. "All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not." And that in his view "no digital communication is secure." 

    Original NSA Whistleblower: I Saw The Order To Wiretap Barack Obama In 2004
    By Michael B Kelley for Business Insider
    Russ Tice worked as an offensive National Security Agency (NSA) analyst from 2002 to 2005, before becoming a source for a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times article exposing NSA domestic spying. Tice claimed that he held NSA wiretap orders targeting numerous members of the US government, including one for a young senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.

    LOVEINT: When NSA Officers use Their Spying Power on Love Interests
    By Andrea Peterson for the Washington Post
    The National Security Agency admitted to “very rare” instances of willful violations of agency protocols by agency officers. Some of those willful violations involved officials turning their private eyes on love interests. And while the practice isn’t frequent - one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade - it is common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.

    Inside the NSA
    By John Miller for 60 Minutes
    The NSA allowed 60 Minutes cameras inside the agency's secure areas for the first time to explain what it does and what it says it doesn't do: spy on Americans, a misconception it says the Edward Snowden leaks have created. 

    Is the FBI Up to the Job 10 Years After 9/11?
    By Bart Gellman for Time
    Time magazine profiled FBI Director Bob Mueller as he approached the end of a 10-year term. Mueller, is easily the longest-serving of his peers atop the national-security establishment. He remade the bureau in his image, pushed out the old guard and hired more than half its present cohort. 

    Edward Snowden reveals that NSA and GCHQ hacked SIM card manufacturer Gemalto
    By Alejandro Alba for New York Daily News
    A report into how British and American spies stole the encryption keys from the largest SIM card manufacturer in the world, according to a government document handed to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails – Clapper
    By Spencer Ackerman and James Ball for the Guardian
    The US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, confirms the use of a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications to search for data related to “US persons”. The NSA's collection programs are ostensibly targeted at foreigners, but a secret rule change has allow NSA analysts to search for Americans' details within the databases. 

    NSA Spying Flap Extends to Contents of US Phone Calls
    By Declan McCullagh for Cnet
    A disclosure from a secret Capitol Hill briefing sheds more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically in the US, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.