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US Court Ruling to Affect NSA 'Treasure Map' Project


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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to digital privacy will destroy the National Security Agency’s "Treasure Map" project which is designed to map the entire global internet to locate all devices on earth, former NSA Technical Director and whistleblower Bill Binney told Sputnik.

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that US authorities must obtain a warrant to tap cellphone towers for personal location data, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said in a court document.

"This ruling destroys NSA program Treasure Map," Binney said on Friday. "This is their program to locate every device on the network all the time."

Binney said the ruling was also historic because it appeared the Supreme Court was starting to catch up with the enormous advances in cyber and surveillance technologies of recent decades.


As a result of the decision, Binney added, perhaps the Supreme Court will not be "bamboozled" by lies from the NSA, FBI, and Justice Department related to collecting and using content and meta-data on US citizens.

Senator Patrick Leahy said in a press release on Friday that the Supreme Court rescued Congress from a failed attempt to protect cellphone users from government snoopers.

However, he added, US lawmakers cannot rely on justices forever to keep privacy rights intact amid seismic shifts in digital technology.


William Binney worked for the NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting. He designed and created many of the NSA’s collection systems and later exposed major aspects of the agency’s blanket surveillance programs.


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I  wouldn't get my hopes up because people not from USA dont have  Fourth Amendment rights, they stop at the USA border , only way this may stop you from being spied on is if you was talking to someone from the USA. And still I don't believe it would stop them because Three-letter Agencies  preformed Illegal wiretaps every since the 1950s even before it was legal  .J. Edgar Hoover had dirt on  everyone and that was Nixon's downfall that he missed with the FBI . Heck the NSA don't even have to be the ones who does it, they can get the info from one of the USA allies  and have them spy on us instead,  were it's not illegal because no were else has  Fourth Amendment rights. You're talking about spying on a  Global scale were they all share info with each other.  Keep in mind also all it would take is one really  bad thing to happen in the USA and any privacy laws would be over ruled by another paroit act like bill.  I remember how things changed before . The government even have the athorty to do what they wish in times  of war even they can impose marshal law and they have done many times before.


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