Abuse of Authority

Jerusalem Post: NSA gives up American citizen’s private information to the Israeli government

Oi vey!

The Jerusalem Post is reporting on a story from the Guardian that reveal a top secret document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the NSA shares “raw intelligence data” with Israel. That means that it does not remove private information about US citizens before handing it over.

From the JP: 

The document that Snowden reportedly provided is a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart the Israeli Sigint National Unit (ISNU) “pertaining to the protection of US persons.” The MOU discloses that Israel receives raw signal intelligence (“raw Sigint”) from the US which includes unevaluated and unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, and voice and Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content. ‘Minimization’ is the process that an intelligence agency carries out to safeguard the privacy of its citizens prior to sharing information with a foreign agency, according to the report. Israel receives such “unminimized raw signet” according to the MOU and is required by it to handle the information according to US law but according to The Guardian the document does not back up these rules by any legal obligations on Israel.

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