The National Security Agency’s Global Surveillance System
A discussion of the NSA’s ability to intercept ordinary e-mails, faxes, telexes, and telephone communications carried over the world’s telecommunications networks.
“The National Security Agency, or NSA, is a branch of the U.S. government responsible for monitoring data, and encoding and encrypting top-secret messages. Originally set up in 1952, it coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information. It enlists hundreds of the country’s most skilled mathematicians and uses state-of-the-art computers in order to ensure that information is not leaked from the country, as well as to intercept messages from potential threats to the nation’s security (“About NSA”). ”