The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages ‚Äď including their contacts ‚Äď is revealed in a joint investigation between the Guardian and the UK‚Äôs Channel 4 News based on material provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The documents also reveal the UK spy agency GCHQ has made use of the NSA database to search the metadata of ‚Äúuntargeted and unwarranted‚ÄĚ communications belonging to people in the UK.
The NSA program, codenamed Dishfire, collects ‚Äúpretty much everything it can‚ÄĚ, according to GCHQ documents, rather than merely storing the communications of existing surveillance targets....
State Rep Matt Shea of Washington is cosponsor of legislation that is in committee that would protect people of his state.... worth checking out. He says his wife is Ukranian Chrisitan and remembers people fleeing commnm.
Yakima facility is there in WA. the bill HB2272 would make policy to refuse material support, including water and electricity for instance.