The CIA is not the only organization to run surveillance projects similar to the NSA’s in nature. The only difference is that the NSA came under intense scrutinizing scandals while the Central Intelligence Agency is continuing to carry on with its operations.
Even though it does not appear on the surface that the CIA has any links or relation to former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – the organization’s projects undoubtedly possess similarities to what the NSA is already working on. According to anonymous officials at the Central Intelligence Agency offices, several huge volume databases are underway in regards to international money transfer information and financial information.
In regards to Section 215 of the Patriot Act and FISA court approval(s), the CIA is authorized to carry out such projects for the sake of national security. Some time back, the Central Intelligence Agency officials tried to downplay the Section 215. However, such attempts sound familiar and not surprising at all.
In response to hijacking money transfer activities whether on national or international scale, Dean Boyd, a CIA spokesperson said, “The CIA protects the nation and upholds the privacy rights of Americans by ensuring that its intelligence collection activities are focused on acquiring foreign intelligence and counterintelligence in accordance with U.S. laws.”
During the 9/11 incident when the terrorist network reportedly transferred $300,000, and that too without suspicion, the CIA, NSA and private surveillance companies have been on high alert since then. At the moment, the officials said that the organization does not have the permission to target Americans or domestic level individuals; the objective of the program is to monitor wide scale international financial transfers.
Reportedly, the CIA has made amends at its end to protect the common U.S. citizen’s right to privacy as soon as the data is scooped up and stored into the database. However, it is not known how long the agency intends to keep the “filtered” information safe.
Back in October when Senator Mazie Hirono asked NSA Director: Gen. Keith Alexander, “So what are all of the programs run by the NSA or other federal agencies that allow warrantless wiretapping of phone calls and emails under the Patriot Act?”
Gen. Keith Alexander only said that “none of that is hidden from you.” Later on, in addition to his response, he also added that he was referring to NSA operations only. “You know, that’s of course a global thing that others use as well.”