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The monitoring would cover all forms of communication, from cellphone calls and SMSs, all the way to emails and social media monitoring.
What both of the agencies are hoping to achieve is discover the potential targets before boarding or while in the air, and prepare arrest teams in time on the ground. Both of the agencies have their own code names for the program: GCHQ calls theirs Thieving Magpie, while the NSA’s one is called Homing Pigeon.
One of the highlights of the book might be the section bout Susan Rice, at that time the ambassador to the United Nations. Allegedly, Susan Rice asked the NSA to spy on eight members of the Security Counci of United Nations in advance of a resolution against Iran, back in 2010. Among the countries that were spied on were some of the countries that the US is nurturing close relationships with, such as Brazil, Mexico, France, etc.