Global Clarity is the codename of NSA data-mining software that intercepts 1.7 billion phone calls, emails and texts every day looking for keywords to track terrorists; the software was a factor in finding Osama bin Laden prior to May 1, 2011.
Two defense contractors were behind its creation, Solomon Hancock was in charge of making sure the software was delivered and operational.
In June 2011, Charlie Skinner and Solomon Hancock met at the New York Public Library to discuss the program. Skinner questioned the Constitutionality of the program to which Hancock stated that the nature of the project allows for illegal warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. Hancock continued that due to [his] bosses dedicated to "Global Clairty," the NSA has violated the Fourth Amendment, USSID 18 and about a dozen of the NSA's own regulations about spying on American citizens. According to Hancock, members of the NSA have been checking up on ex-wives, dropping in on calls from soldiers overseas and even monitoring the activities of movie stars. Hancock also made Skinner aware of the fact that TMI is in the same business as Rupert Murdock's News of the World.
- Solomon Hancock, assistant deputy director of technology and systems cryptology and mathematics at NSA