Guardian newspaper: UK security agency has spy program; shares d - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Guardian newspaper: UK security agency has spy program; shares data with NSA

Posted: Updated:

By CNN Staff LONDON (CNN) The Guardian:

Britain's equivalent to the U.S. National Security Agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, has tapped into many of the world's key international fiber optic cables and is routinely downloading and analyzing vast quantities of Internet and phone traffic, sharing the data with the NSA, The Guardian newspaper reported Friday.

The scope of the surveillance dragnet described in the article is enormous.

The newspaper says the report, like many previous ones, is based on the Guardian's reading of documents provided by former U.S. defense contractor Edward Snowden, who admitted leaking documents this month detailing government surveillance programs.

Unlike some previous reports, the paper has not published the full documents on which the story was based.

A spokesman for the British agency, known as GCHQ, issued a statement saying that in line with long-standing practice, it does not comment on intelligence matters.

"It is worth pointing out that GCHQ takes its obligations under the law very seriously," the statement read. "Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Intelligence and Security Committee."

The prime minister's office at 10 Downing Street also gave a statement saying only, "We don't comment on intelligence matters."

  • Island Strategic Action Committee Meet To Talk About Booming Island

    Island Strategic Action Committee Meet To Talk About Booming Island

    As we've reported, Padre Island is booming right now with new businesses wanting to call the island home. The spark in new construction was all spear headed with the arrival of Schlitterbahn.Tuesday night, residents and business owners are meeting on Padre Island to talk about the growth they are seeing and the growing pains that come with it. Those involved with the Padre Island Strategic Action Committee are meeting at the Comfort Suites.The island has seen new restaurants, retail stores, a...More >>
    As we've reported, Padre Island is booming right now with new businesses wanting to call the island home. The spark in new construction was all spear headed with the arrival of Schlitterbahn.Tuesday night, residents and business owners are meeting on Padre Island to talk about the growth they are seeing and the growing pains that come with it. Those involved with the Padre Island Strategic Action Committee are meeting at the Comfort Suites.The island has seen new restaurants, retail stores, a...More >>
  • Long Waits At Municipal Court Following Computer Upgrades

    Long Waits At Municipal Court Following Computer Upgrades

    Many of your neighbors had to practice patience Tuesday over at the Corpus Christi Municipal Courtroom.The Corpus Christi Police Department Headquarters was a busy place for much of the say. People waited in long lines trying to resolve or take care of their tickets."First they said that their computer was done, and their computer was working and it's still the same way, it's still slow," said Jimmie Jones who was frustrated with the wait times.We talked to the municipal court manager that sa...More >>
    Many of your neighbors had to practice patience Tuesday over at the Corpus Christi Municipal Courtroom.The Corpus Christi Police Department Headquarters was a busy place for much of the say. People waited in long lines trying to resolve or take care of their tickets."First they said that their computer was done, and their computer was working and it's still the same way, it's still slow," said Jimmie Jones who was frustrated with the wait times.We talked to the municipal court manager that sa...More >>
  • Voter ID Law Goes To Federal Court

    Voter ID Law Goes To Federal Court

    A legal challenge to a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote is taking place in federal court in Corpus Christi. Those opposing the law say it's a move to disenfranchise almost a million voters who aren't easily able to obtain such an identification.Tuesday morning the court heard from an elderly disabled father and his son on how difficult it's been for the older man to get a legal photo identification since his wife died and his Texas Driver's License expired in 2006. The man described how a...More >>
    A legal challenge to a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote is taking place in federal court in Corpus Christi. Those opposing the law say it's a move to disenfranchise almost a million voters who aren't easily able to obtain such an identification.Tuesday morning the court heard from an elderly disabled father and his son on how difficult it's been for the older man to get a legal photo identification since his wife died and his Texas Driver's License expired in 2006. The man described how a...More >>