Saturday, August 24, 2013

NSA paid tech companies like Facebook and Google millions in taxpayer money to cover cost of top-secret Prism surveillance programme...

Newly published top-secret documents show that the United States government has reimbursed tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft millions of dollars each year for their participation in the National Security Agency's clandestine Prism surveillance program that was made public earlier this year by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Further, the documents - obtained by the Guardian newspaper from Snowden - show that the reimbursements were made even after a court ruled in 2011 that the agency's activities were unconstitutional.

The companies that were reimbursed were getting paid taxpayer money as reimbursement for costs incurred when they were forced to meet new certification demands after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court ruled that the NSA's actions were unconstitutional.

President Barack Obama declassified Fisa's October, 2011 judgement on Wednesday. The court found that the agency's inability to separate domestic from foreign communication violated the Fourth Amendment.

The ruling created problems for the NSA, and the documents reveal the lengths to which the agency went to bring the operation into compliance.

The material obtained by the Guardian is the 'first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.' Full story...

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