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  •  "Meet the (FBI) Spies doing NSA's Dirty Work"... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...the NSA has many ways to circumvent (and/or ignore) the law.  One way is to have the FBI do their domestic surveillance for them:  

    ...Lost in the commotion has been the story of the NSA's indispensable partner in its global spying operations: an obscure, clandestine unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that, even for a surveillance agency, keeps a low profile...

    When the media and members of Congress say the NSA spies on Americans, what they really mean is that the FBI helps the NSA do it, providing a technical and legal infrastructure that permits the NSA, which by law collects foreign intelligence, to operate on U.S. soil. It's the FBI..that collects digital information from at least nine American technology companies as part of the NSA's Prism system. It was the FBI that petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to order Verizon Business Network Services,...to hand over the call records of millions of its customers to the NSA....

    The heart of the FBI's signals intelligence activities is an obscure organization called the Data Intercept Technology Unit, or DITU...

    Not, of course, that these government agencies are the only ones spying on you, even companies like LG are spying on you.  And not only govt. agencies, like the CIA, but criminals are looking for ways to exploit the vulnerabilites in our gadgets.

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