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.
Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.
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.
The deal was reached in principle in March 2009, according to the undated memorandum, which lays out the ground rules for the intelligence sharing.
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The neo-con liberals are a curious bunch. They run the Democratic Party. That gives the Debbie Wasserman Shultz and Chuck Schumer’s in the Party (the Hillary faction) a very large megaphone. Large enough in fact to drowned out the speech coming from the Left. More often than not. For the most part neo-con liberals are Zionists who favor an interventionist (war) foreign policy. Especially when they suppose that Israel is being threatened by somebody. Therein lies the rub. If the “Jewish state,” for example, were to evolve into a majority Palestinian state (the one-state resolution) that change would not threaten the existence of the United States. Unfortunately, the neo-con liberals (Zionists) refuse to accept such a circumstance and so keep pushing us into one war after another in the Middle East.
I’m not really convinced that neo-con/liberals care one way or another about Israel, except as a source of never ending conflict. It makes good cover for intervention on behalf of the 1% who want to co-opt petrochemical and mineral resources.
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