U.S. Spied on 89,000 in Last Year

    A detail from graffiti art is seen on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England April 16, 2014. British media have attributed the new work to acclaimed British street artist Banksy, as a spoof on recent government spying scandals exposed by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, who said that Britain's agency, GCHQ tapped fiber-optic cables carrying international phone and internet traffic and is sharing vast quantities of personal information with the NSA.  REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS) - RTR3LJL2

    Eddie Keogh/Reuters

    According to a transparency report released on June 27 by the Office of the Director of Intelligence, the U.S. targeted 89,138 individuals or groups in the last year using section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA), which permits wiretapping of persons believed to be outside the United States without a court order. The report does not indicate how many Americans were targeted, though civil liberties groups say the real number is likely “orders of magnitude” higher than 89,000, since the order also targeted “groups” which may include facilities, websites, or companies—groups “composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information,” according to the text of section 702.

    Read it at Wired