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Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

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A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet.The latest revelations will add to the intense public and congressional debate around the extent of NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight. The files shed light on one of Snowden's most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10."I, sitting at my desk," said Snowden, could "wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email".US officials vehemently denied this specific claim. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee, said of Snowden's assertion: "He's lying. It's impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do."

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31 Jul
zedshaw @zedshaw
Good news everyone! http://t.co/mGrn4JFVxf The NSA caught 300 terrorists, therefore via proof by exhaustion, all of you are not-terrorists!
31 Jul
Eghosa Omoigui @EghosaO
XKeyscore: #NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’ http://t.co/Cdki7fUlEX SAC on line 1 'no, we didn't mean that'
31 Jul
Steve Klabnik @steveklabnik
XKeystore 'collects basically everything a user does on the internet' http://t.co/MUHU15grDj
31 Jul
Steve Klabnik @steveklabnik
RT @acfoltzer: This seems even more damning than PRISM http://t.co/et2KIeuDET
31 Jul
Colin Surprenant @colinsurprenant
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Glenn Greenwald's latest report vis the Snowden leaks is in some ways the most disturbing yet. http://t.co/fXhb156bvT
31 Jul
Colin Surprenant @colinsurprenant
how much more @ggreenwald has to publish before we reach the tipping point of this? http://t.co/z8Dtfmq7Lg #NSA
31 Jul
Dave Winer ☮ @davewiner
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'. http://t.co/Pj8JI3FBWa
31 Jul
Tony Arcieri @bascule
Oh joy, what a better way to wake up in the morning than to more NSA spying: http://t.co/cRhsMpSnFs
31 Jul
Bruce Sterling @bruces
http://t.co/irtJ86gtli *I wonder what would happen if the NSA just open-sourced that amazing capability and gave it away to everybody
31 Jul
Jan @bm_
RT @dhh: "Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'", http://t.co/8vA1yE6pTG, holy shit this is crazy.
31 Jul
DHH @dhh
"Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'", http://t.co/8vA1yE6pTG, holy shit this is crazy.
31 Jul
Mike Rundle @flyosity
The Guardian: XKeyscore is NSA's most wide-reaching and invasive data collection program yet. http://t.co/d4xzrXL05d
31 Jul
Hacker News 20 @newsyc20
Revealed: NSA program collects 'nearly everything a user does on the inter http://t.co/3gKusPXnv0 (http://t.co/LOrNBbYj2r)
31 Jul
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
foregoing quotes taken from latest @ggreenwald piece on #nsa #surveillance - http://t.co/mGPHPyQVHh