In continuing what is not a particularly great week for the government's surveillance programs, hacker group Anonymous last night leaked a cache of internal DOD documents
(pdf). The documents are from 2008, shortly after the NSA began its just-unveiled PRISM spying program
, and outlines key portions of the DOD's "strategic vision" for monitoring and controlling information online.
There's not a lot that's new in these documents that I can see, though they do go into some detail about organizational hierarchies and how most of the information being gleaned from various DOD and NSA snooping programs are being shared around the globe with the United States' international partners.
That's something that shouldn't be surprising to those familiar with the Echelon program
, which was started back in the forties and was designed to share information gleaned from wiretaps of business networks, undersea cables, and satellite and wireless networks. That program has traditionally been treated like hysterical conspiracy theory. Not so much anymore.
"These documents prove that the NSA is spying on you, and not just Americans," states Anonymous in a press release
. "They are spying on the citizens of over 35 different countries. We bring this to you, So that you know just how little rights you have. Your privacy and freedoms are slowly being taken from you, in closed door meetings, in laws buried in bills, and by people who are supposed to be protecting you."