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Anonymous outs lawmakers' ties to intelligence contractors

OpNSA highlights, without hacking or DDoS attacks, ties between intelligence industry and Washington


Natasha Lennard
September 12, 2013 12:29AM (UTC)

For those paying even a modicum of attention to recent revelations about NSA surveillance, it's been well-established that a vast surveillance apparatus is supported by a network of government, intelligence industry, and Silicon Valley connections.

With its new OpNSA, however, is attempting to highlight specific lawmakers as in the pocket of intelligence contractors with a campaign revealing specific campaign contributions. The information is already public, but has not garnered the attention that Anons behind OpNSA believe it deserves. As Global Post reported:

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Unlike other Anonymous operations, however, OpNSA does not involve hacking or illegality of any kind.

Instead, the operation aims to bring attention to what Anons have termed collusion between U.S. senators and private contractors, whom Anons allege enabled privacy violations as part of National Security Agency surveillance programs.

The contractors include Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and others.

Specifically, Anons hope to highlight suspect campaign contributions to several prominent US lawmakers — including Diane Feinstein, Dutch Ruppersberger, Mike Rogers and Saxby Chambliss — by US defense and intelligence contractors.


Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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