National Security Agency has pushed to “rethink and reapply” its treatment of the Fourth Amendment since before 9/11
The National Security Agency (NSA) has been pushing to “rethink and reapply” its application of the Fourth Amendment since before 9/11. This was necessary, it argued, to attain a “powerful, permanent presence on a global telecommunications network.”
According to a declassified document posted by the National Security Archive and featured in a recent Politico article, in addition to attempting to re-frame the way we think of our right to privacy, the NSA has also received a robust infusion of funds after 9/11, paving the way for the Orwellian surveillance state Edward Snowden helped reveal. In light of recent events, the declassified record on the NSA is especially enlightening. Jeffrey T. Richelson’s recent posting of 98 newly declassified government documents tracing the Agency’s wide range of cyber activities, concerns, and attitudes since the Clinton administration is a must read. Some of the most notable revelations found in the declassified documents include:
- The NSA’s push to “rethink and reapply” the nature of the Fourth Amendment as early as 2001.
- The estimation that by January 2001, 60% of the Presidential Daily Briefings were based upon SIGINT, a percentage that has surely increased over the last decade.
- The NSA’s goal to selectively increase production of information from the global network.
- And the NSA’s quest to deploy tools efficiently to sort, process, move and store information.
Give the National Security Agency analysts some credit, though. They did correctly predict the queasiness of many Americans to having the entirety of their digital lives captured and stored: