This week, a few news outlets were able to obtain documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) showing that they were tapping the phones of the leaders of several tribal nations in the Amazon basin.
This was a first for the NSA.
The documents, leaked to The Intercept, provide details about the agency’s spying program that spied on the leaders and delegates of the indigenous tribes that the agency claimed had been a key source of intelligence during a recent military conflict in Ecuador.
In the documents, the NSA revealed that they have tapped phones of members of the Awapu Nation and of other tribes, as well as of those in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay.
The document also showed that the NSA was tapping the calls of some of the chiefs of the nations that the US and Ecuador are involved in military operations.
The Intercept obtained the documents by contacting the NSA and its predecessor, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and obtained the NSA documents by way of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
The NSA documents show that the company involved in the surveillance of the tribes, Tempur-Pedic, has been in the news for a number of years for its alleged spying on the indigenous populations of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
However, the documents also reveal that the spying has been ongoing for quite some time.
In 2009, the Brazilian government requested information on the companies Tempur Pedic had hired to spy on the tribes of Amazonas.
Tempur was granted a permit to surveil the Amazon tribes, but it was later removed from the list of “state sponsors of terrorism.”
In 2011, the Ecuadorian government requested Tempur’s information on some of its indigenous tribes.
The company did not respond to the Ecuadoran government’s request.
In 2016, Peru’s government also requested Tempor-Pedics data on its indigenous people.
The Tempur company did respond to Peru’s request and provided data on more than 70,000 people from the Amazon to the National Intelligence Service (INSS), an agency of the US government.
Tempor Pedic has denied the accusations of spying on its customers, saying that its “customers do not use Tempur for any purpose and are in full compliance with all applicable laws.”
But, according to the documents obtained by The Intercept through the Freedom of Access Act (FAA), Tempur has been doing surveillance on the Amazon tribal communities for years, and the company has continued to do so since at least 2008.
The government’s claims that the tribes are being spied upon by Tempur are not true, as the company did have a warrant for Tempur to surveill the tribes in 2013.
But it was a warrant that the Tempur group failed to disclose to the government.
The agency did disclose that it had requested Temper-Pedis data in a 2014 letter to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The email from the AG to Lynch also states that Tempur and Tempur, Inc. had agreed to keep the company’s data secure.
“If you would like to provide Tempur with a copy of the Temporpedic data you will need to provide them with the Temporal Data Security Clearance,” the email stated.
“The Temporpean data security clearance does not extend to any Temporceda data collected outside of Tempur.
Tempora will be required to disclose Temporse data to the Department of Justice and will have to submit the Tempora data in compliance with its security procedures.”
But despite the Tempered’s efforts to make Tempur disappear, it has been able to keep Tempur spying on Amazonas, as many of the tribe’s leaders and tribal delegates were among the US-led military operations that ended in 2014.
The revelations come at a time when the US is under pressure from the international community to crack down on the surveillance programs of the NSA that have been targeting the governments of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru in recent years.
The Snowden documents show how Tempur pedic and Temporpente, Inc., continue to use Temporping as an intelligence tool.
The emails from the US Attorney General to Lynch, which revealed that Temporperpedic and the Tempres had been monitoring the tribal leaders of the Amazon, are an example of how the Obama administration is trying to use the US’s legal authority to protect foreign intelligence agencies.
The Obama administration’s actions against Temporporpedics and Tempreres, as leaked documents show, have also put Temporpetics own employees in a position of weakness, as they had to give the government access to their communications and even Temporre data, in order to get the company to disclose it.
The latest revelations in the Snowden documents, however, show that Temporal Pedic and Trespedes company has a long history of surveillance against the indigenous peoples of the world.
Temperpedi and Temperpente have used Temporpes spying methods against the Amazonian people