Over the course of the last month and a half, the world has begun to find out more about this shadowy court, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was set up in 1978 under its namesake law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). (...)
Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden's leaks brought to light some details, albeit not many, relating to these secretive warrants and orders handed down by the court.
But little did we know of logistics; specifically, how they are handed to companies that hold data on terrorism suspects and foreign spies who are living and working in the United States. (...)
XMission is one of Utah's largest, and one of few independent, Internet providers in the state. Pete Ashdown, the company's chief executive, spoke to BuzzFeed on Friday about how he received a warrant under FISA in 2010. (...)
For nine months, XMission was forced to install a "little black box" that was capturing all the traffic to one particular customer: "Everything they were sending and receiving," he said. (...)
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