Kieren McCarthy discusses the recent revelation that the FBI has access to the NSA’s national security database, and has queried it tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of times. The database, gathered under special surveillance powers by the NSA and CIA, is not supposed to be accessible by other law enforcement agencies, except under special cases of investigating foreigners for purposes of national security. But it turns out that regular FBI agents have in fact been using it to gather information on American crimes by American citizens. McCarthy points out that even after this kind of scandal breaks, people just seem to forget about it, allowing these agencies to continue abusing their power.
Discussed on the show:
- “Remember the FBI’s promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…” (The Register)
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
- Three Felonies A Day
Kieren McCarthy is an Internet author and consultant who has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Techworld and many more. He is the author of Sex.com: One Domain, Two Men, Twelve Years and the Brutal Battle for the Jewel in the Internet’s Crown. Find him on Twitter @kierenmccarthy.
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