Your PRISM Reading Guide

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June 7 2013 11:34 AM

Your PRISM Reading Guide

A portion of one of the leaked PowerPoint slides published by the Washington Post on Thursday

As my colleague Ryan Gallagher detailed last night, the newly revealed PRISM snooping makes the Verizon surveillance that got everyone worked up yesterday look largely like kids' stuff. According to the Washington Post and the Guardian, the National Security Agency has obtained access to the central servers of major U.S. Internet companies as part of a secret program that involves the monitoring of emails, file transfers, photos, videos, chats, and even live surveillance of search terms. And when we say major companies, we mean the big boys: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.

Josh Voorhees Josh Voorhees

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

The Post disclosed Thursday that it had obtained classified PowerPoint slides detailing the program from a career intelligence officer who felt "horror" over its privacy-invading capabilities. "They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type," the source told the newspaper, providing the perfect pull-quote for the Internet.


I (of course!) recommend that you give Gallagher's post a read if you haven't all ready. But here are a few links to some other PRISM-related pieces that are also worth your time.

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Bonus: The New York Times profiles Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian blogger who landed the Verizon scoop that started all this: Blogger, With Focus on Surveillance, Is at Center of a Debate


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