NSA Wanted To Collect Geolocation Data

The White House had to declassify NSA documents once again this week. The papers show that the NSA also wanted to collect and save mobile phone location information domestically and may already be doing so.At the very latest, it’s been clear since the scandal surrounding spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone that when American intelligence services comment on their practices, every single word has meaning. If an official says, for example, “We don’t do that and we will not do so in the future,” it could well mean, “We did that up until now.”In that light, one statement written by the NSA in secret documents declassified in redacted form by the US government on Monday seems of particular interest. In the 2010 document, a staff member for a US senator on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence asked the agency to “Please clarify when NSA can collect FISA geolocation data, either through telephony or Internet.”
www.spiegel.de/international/world/declassifed-documents-nsa-sought-to-collect-mobile-location-data-a-934514.htmlAlso see:German intelligence agency to step up counterintelligence – official
Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is planning to expand its counterintelligence operations to include friendly countries following revelations about the United States’ extensive spying programme, a senior German security official said.
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/20/germany-counterintelligence-idINDEE9AJ01420131120

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