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Australia's Telstra Also Aided U.S. Spying Efforts
Handed Over E-mails, Data, Phone Calls to U.S. Spooks
by Karl Bode 01:06PM Friday Jul 12 2013
On the heels of revelations that Brazilian telcos appear to have helped the NSA tap into all communications, everywhere, new information suggests that Australian incumbent telco Telstra has also been helping the United States government hoover up consumer data. According to The Canberra Times, Telstra agreed more than a decade ago to store huge volumes of electronic communications it carried between Asia and America for U.S. intelligence agencies to sift through:
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Under the previously secret agreement, the telco was required to route all communications involving a US point of contact through a secure storage facility on US soil that was staffed exclusively by US citizens carrying a top-level security clearance. The data Telstra stored for the US government includes the actual content of emails, online messages and phone calls. The US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation also demanded that Telstra "provide technical or other assistance to facilitate ... electronic surveillance."
Like most recent revelations this shouldn't be surprising to anybody who has been paying attention. Back when total U.S. global surveillance was still considered fringe hysteria reserved for the worst conspiracy theorists, most security folk knew about Echelon, a program (of which Australia is a member) started in the forties with the express goal of tapping into all undersea cables, satellites and transit networks.

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meeeeeeeeee

join:2003-07-13
Newburgh, NY

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The tenticles of this creature reach everywhere

Because where there are people, there is greed and corruption. This really isn't news, as the article itself points out... just an affirmation of what was already known.
firedrakes

join:2009-01-29
Arcadia, FL

Re: The tenticles of this creature reach everywhere

usa. i mean us corp of America

WndyWhprs

@jillyred.net

The death of entrepreneurship

Working on the next facebook?

Developing the next youtube?

Planning on topping google?

Planning on turning your millions into billions?

Well be prepared to have your code stolen, your ideas stolen and your investments destroyed.

If you use a computer, if you use the internet, if you use a phone then YOU are being watched and recorded 24/7 and this information isnt being used to find da terrorists, it is being used to snuff out anyone who dares challenge the status quo,

In this new orwellian world, ideas are the biggest threat.
openbox9
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Germany
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Re: The death of entrepreneurship

said by WndyWhprs :

this information isnt being used to find da terrorists, it is being used to snuff out anyone who dares challenge the status quo,

Enjoy your tinfoil hat much?
EdmundGerber

join:2010-01-04
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Re: The death of entrepreneurship

said by openbox9:

said by WndyWhprs :

this information isnt being used to find da terrorists, it is being used to snuff out anyone who dares challenge the status quo,

Enjoy your tinfoil hat much?

Hows the sand? You know - that stuff your head is buried in?
openbox9
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Germany
kudos:2

Re: The death of entrepreneurship

Please let me know how any of this maintains the status quo?

freedom pls

@bigpond.net.au

not cool, not cool

Hmmm, more like the sand rattling around inside this person's head. Let me know how recording of our communication for another country's use is good for us in any way.

So our freedom is taken once again.