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Report: The NSA’s Domestic Metadata Collection System Is Not Being Used and May Be Discontinued

The National Security Agency has “quietly shut down” the mass surveillance programme it implemented after the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks to analyse metadata on domestic US calls and text messages, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing an episode of the Lawfare podcast with “senior Republican congressional aide” Luke Murry. The Wall Street Journal separately reported that Murry stated the programme has not been used in at least six months, with both papers writing that it is unclear whether Donald Trump’s administration will ask Congress to renew its legal authority when relevant portions of the Patriot Act expire at the end of 2019. Read More >>

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The NSA Actually Named a Programme Skynet

In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!” Read More >>

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Report: the NSA is Recording Nearly Every Phone Call Made in Afghanistan

At the beginning of the week, reports from The Intercept revealed that the US National Security Agency has been recording nearly every phone call made in the Bahamas and "another country." Today, WikiLeaks released a statement saying that the other country is, in fact, Afghanistan. Read More >>