Lesson for Europe: Brazil speaks up at the UN about US surveillance on UN, politicians, economy

accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country’s strategic industries.

“Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscriminately. Corporate information – often of high economic and even strategic value – was at the centre of espionage activity.

“Also, Brazilian diplomatic missions, among them the permanent mission to the UN and the office of the president of the republic itself, had their communications intercepted,” Rousseff said

“In the absence of the right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion, and therefore no effective democracy. In the absence of the respect for sovereignty, there is no basis for the relationship among nations.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/brazil-president-un-speech-nsa-surveillance

The NSA is not just spying on regular US citizens, it is also passing the data to Israel without legal limits on the use of the data

• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis
• Only official US government communications protected

The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

The disclosure that the NSA agreed to provide raw intelligence data to a foreign country contrasts with assurances from the Obama administration that there are rigorous safeguards to protect the privacy of US citizens caught in the dragnet. The intelligence community calls this process “minimization”, but the memorandum makes clear that the information shared with the Israelis would be in its pre-minimized state.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents

 

US surveillance has ‘expanded’ under Obama, says Bush’s NSA director

The former director of the US National Security Agency has indicated that surveillance programs have “expanded” under Barack Obama’s time in office and said the spy agency has more powers now than when he was in command.

Michael Hayden, who served most of his tenure as NSA director under George W Bush, said there was “incredible continuity” between the two presidents.

“Since government officials have repeatedly told the public and Congress that Patriot Act authorities are simply analogous to a grand jury subpoena, and that intelligence agencies do not collect information or dossiers on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans, I think the executive branch has an obligation to explain whether or not these statements are actually true,” Wyden said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/us-surveillance-expanded-obama-hayden