The NSA uses AT&T facilities in at least eight cities to warrantlessly monitor and collect billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across the United States.
According to a report published by The Intercept based on documents it obtained, the NSA has direct access to network hubs that run through buildings known as “backbone” and “peering” facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
“It’s eye-opening and ominous the extent to which this is happening right here on American soil,” Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice told The Intercept. “It puts a face on surveillance that we could never think of before in terms of actual buildings and actual facilities in our own cities, in our own backyards.”
The NSA calls AT&T one of its most trusted partners and praised the telecom giant’s “extreme willingness to help,” according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The spy agency values AT&T not only because it “has access to information that transits the nation,” but also because, as The Intercept put it, “it maintains unique relationships with other phone and internet providers. …
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