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    NSA expanding spying programs with advanced capabalities


    by PressTV

    A US geo-political analyst says the recent report about the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly providing data to nearly two dozen US government agencies via a powerful search engine illustrates how the advancement of technologies has given US intelligence agencies more capability to further expand their vast spying programs.

    Citing classified documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, The Intercept investigative site reported Monday that the NSA built its own “Google-like” search engine and shares hundreds of billions of digital records with federal law enforcement and several other US government agencies.

    The Intercept wrote that the revelation of the search engine, known as ICREACH, is "the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies," particularly the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.

    The latest revelation “is further proof of the advancement in the capacity of the kinds of intelligence collection as well as dissemination and certainly the magnitude of information that they’re putting into these data marts,” said Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist in Florida.

    “From a legal perspective, obviously this is violation of privacy,” Rickard told Press TV during a phone interview on Wednesday.

    “All of our data is now not only being made available to the intelligence community in the United States but the intelligence communities across the world and at the same time, all that data is also made available to the local law enforcement or domestic law enforcement,” he added.