The US Army confirmed on Thursday that access to The Guardian newspaper’s website has been filtered and restricted. Gordon Van Vleet, spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email to the Monterey Herald that the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."
The Guardian's website has posted classified information regarding the NSA's surveillance activities, including PRISM, the massive domestic spying program that has Internet companies collude with military intelligence to keep tabs on Americans' online habits.
According to staff at the Presidio of Monterey, a military installation in California, employees told the Herald that they were able to access the paper’s US site, www.guardiannews.com, but were prevented from accessing articles on the NSA that redirected to the British site.
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Late Thursday, an Army spokesman told The Herald by email that the newspaper's NSA reports were, in fact, being blocked across the entire Army. He wrote that it's routine for the Defense Department to take "network hygiene" action to prevent disclosure of classified information, The Herald reported.
"We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security," the newspaper quoted the spokesman as saying. "However there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information."
NSA collected details of emails and internet communications by US citizens for 10 years, The Guardian reveals
The British Guardian has come forward with yet another revelation of how the US government spies after its citizens. It has published a secret document by the NSA inspector general, showing the National Security Agency was collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans from 2001 till 2011.
According to the document, the program was launched in 2001. “Every 90 days” a federal judge from the secret surveillance panel, or the Fisa court, would sign an approval order for collection of internet metadata, the newspaper writes.
The collection of data started under the Bush administration, and the program was then dubbed by the codename Stellar Wind.
The published document shows that the program was aimed at “communications with at least one communicant outside the United States or for which no communicant was known to be a citizen of the United States”.
The data collected would provide the US government with information about the accounts to which the US citizens sent their emails and from which they received emails. Above that, physical location of US citizens sending emails became known to the government, as the program allowed to know their internet protocol addresses (IP).
In 2007 the NSA received authority to analyze the collected data.
In 2011 the program was discontinued “for operational and resource reasons” according to Shawn Turner, the Obama administration's director of communications for National Intelligence, as cited by the Guardian.
However, there is evidence showing the NSA continues collection of Americans’ online records today.