New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Charlie Savage, Henrik Moltke
Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic. The NSA’s activities run “smack into law enforcement land,” said Jonathan Mayer, a cybersecurity scholar. “That’s a major policy decision about how to structure cybersecurity in the U.S. and not a conversation that has been had in public.”

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

Ryan Gallagher
The Intercept
The NSA wanted to do use Google's app store as a launching pad to infect phones with spyware. They were also keen to hijack them as a way of sending “selective misinformation to the targets’ handsets” to spread propaganda or confuse adversaries. Moreover, the agency wanted to gain access to companies’ app store servers so they could secretly use them for “harvesting” information about phone users.

Why NSA Surveillance is Worse than You've Ever Imagined

James Bamford
Despite the volume of revelations, much of the public remains largely unaware of the true extent of the NSA's vast, highly aggressive and legally questionable surveillance activities. Given the vast amount of revelations about NSA abuses, it is somewhat surprising that just slightly more than a majority of Americans seem concerned about government surveillance. Which leads to the question of why?

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Civil Rights Groups Denounce New NSA Surveillance Revelations

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams
In wake of new revelations regarding NSA and FBI targeting of prominent Muslim-Americans for surveillance, civil liberties organizations denounced the monitoring as "arbitrary and abusive." They called upon President Obama to prove the government surveillance of these prominent Muslim-Americans, including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics and lawyers, was not motivated by "racial or religious bias."