This March 2008 post from the internal NSA newsletter SIDToday, describes the Menwith Hill station’s success in intercepting the video feeds from Israeli F-16 fighter jets and drones: see the Intercept article Spies in the Sky: Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked by British and American Intellience, 29 January 2016.
This extract from a 3 March 2005 NSA briefing acknowledges that the use of geolocation technology to facilitate drone strikes “represents the dawn of a new era”: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program, 10 February 2014.
Extracts from a March 2012 NSA document in which an operator describes a CIA/NSA effort to map the wi-fi “of every major town in Yemen”: see the Intercept article The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program, 10 February 2014.
UK MPs have been told that, not only is the legal regime governing GCHQ likely to be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, many of the agency’s activities are illegal even by current domestic standards.
Jemima Stratford QC and Tim Johnston were asked to prepare the opinion for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Drones. While APPGs have no formal powers within the UK political system some – like the APPG on Extraordinary Rendition – have done important investigatory work in areas where formal oversight has been lacking.
While legislative proposals based on this opinion have already been tabled, its primary importance is likely to be its foreshadowing of issues the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) could adjudicate on this year in the case Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom. In the past, the Strasbourg court has played a decisive role in forcing changes to UK surveillance practices and it has never before been asked to consider the legality of mass surveillance.
Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, joked about putting Edward Snowden on a kill list during a Washington Post panel discussion on cybersecurity. In response to Snowden’s nomination for a European human rights award, Hayden commented: “I must admit, in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr Snowden, but it was for a different list.”
Also present was Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who responded: “I can help you with that.”
The exchange was met with laughter from the audience.