The Shadow Factory

Talking with other bloggers we often get the sense we live in parallel worlds; where we see direct infringement on our Constitutional rights, other bloggers see a paternal government simply looking out for its citizens. 1

Surprisingly, these conversations don’t necessarily hew to party lines. Democrats are as quick to defend the White House’s intrusive surveillance practises as Republicans.

But on one point you might believe we would share some commonality – who should be handling said information gleaned by illegal wire-tapping. American Nazis, right? Certainly not foreign Nazis…

Maybe. But our government doesn’t see it that way.

James Bamford’s new  The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America  documents that at least two foreign companies are handling the data our government illegally collects from us.

  • Narus   – an Israeli concern processes data collected  by AT&T
  • Verint – another Israeli company processes information tapped by Verizon

Well, hell – it’s Israel, right? They are our allies. How bad could it be? 2

Wake up, people.

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  1. That is, of course, when they don’t outright dismiss us as tin foil hat wearers. Which happens as often as not.
  2. Uh…pretty bad. two top Verint’s top two guys recently pled guilty to a handful of felony and fraud charges. Meanwhile Verint’s  founder and CEO is on the lam. He €™s hiding in Namibia, of all places. I don’t know about you but that gives me warm fuzzies all over – here, take our (illegally obtained) data!

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