Everything you need to know about the NSA and Edward Snowden

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CURATED BY Timothy B. Lee

2014-06-22 17:38:34 -0400

  1. What is the National Security Agency?
  2. Who is Ed Snowden and what did his documents show?
  3. What is the NSA phone records program?
  4. What is PRISM?
  5. Does the NSA engage in offensive hacking operations?
  6. How has the Obama Administration reacted to the Snowden disclosures?
  7. What is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?
  8. What has the Supreme Court said about NSA surveillance programs?
  9. Which members of Congress are criticizing the National Security Agency?
  10. Who are the NSA’s main congressional supporters?
  11. Why didn’t Snowden raise concerns inside the NSA rather than leaking to the media?
  12. If Snowden believes his actions were justified, why doesn’t he come home to stand trial?
  13. You didn't answer my question!
  14. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 14

    What is the National Security Agency?

  2. Card 2 of 14

    Who is Ed Snowden and what did his documents show?

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    What is the NSA phone records program?

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    What is PRISM?

    PRISM is a program that allows the NSA to gain warrantless access to private user data on popular online services. According to a document that Ed Snowden provided to the Washington Post and the Guardian, the NSA can use the system to obtain private data from users of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple services.

    While the NSA slides state that the NSA has "direct access" to the companies' servers, the tech companies have denied that the NSA has indiscriminate or bulk access to user data. Rather, the PRISM program seems to provide an expedited process for the NSA to submit information requests to these companies and receive data in response. The phrase "direct access" may be meant as a contrast to other NSA programs that obtain user data through more indirect methods, such as by tapping into fiber optic cables.

    The PRISM program is based on Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, controversial legislation which allows domestic surveillance without warrants. While that law doesn't allow the government to "target" Americans, the agency is allowed to collect communications to which an American is a party. In June 2014, the House of Representatives voted to bar the NSA from searching information collected through PRISM or other Section 702 programs for information about Americans.

    Some critics argue that Section 702 violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which requires a warrant based on individualized suspicion before the government can spy on Americans. But the Supreme Court has not ruled on the question so far.

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    Does the NSA engage in offensive hacking operations?

  6. Card 6 of 14

    How has the Obama Administration reacted to the Snowden disclosures?

  7. Card 7 of 14

    What is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court?

  8. Card 8 of 14

    What has the Supreme Court said about NSA surveillance programs?

  9. Card 9 of 14

    Which members of Congress are criticizing the National Security Agency?

  10. Card 10 of 14

    Who are the NSA’s main congressional supporters?

  11. Card 11 of 14

    Why didn’t Snowden raise concerns inside the NSA rather than leaking to the media?

  12. Card 12 of 14

    If Snowden believes his actions were justified, why doesn’t he come home to stand trial?

  13. Card 13 of 14

    You didn't answer my question!

  14. Card 14 of 14

    How have these cards changed?

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