4.07.2012

Is this True?

Check out this article: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1...
The software, created by a company called Narus that’s now part of Boeing, is controlled remotely from NSA headquarters at Fort Meade in Maryland and searches US sources for target addresses, locations, countries, and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email. Any communication that arouses suspicion, especially those to or from the million or so people on agency watch lists, are automatically copied or recorded and then transmitted to the NSA.

The scope of surveillance expands from there, Binney says. Once a name is entered into the Narus database, all phone calls and other communications to and from that person are automatically routed to the NSA’s recorders. “Anybody you want, route to a recorder,” Binney says. “If your number’s in there? Routed and gets recorded.” He adds, “The Narus device allows you to take it all.” And when Bluffdale is completed, whatever is collected will be routed there for storage and analysis.

According to Binney, one of the deepest secrets of the Stellar Wind program—again, never confirmed until now—was that the NSA gained warrantless access to AT&T’s vast trove of domestic and international billing records, detailed information about who called whom in the US and around the world. As of 2007, AT&T had more than 2.8 trillion records housed in a database at its Florham Park, New Jersey, complex.
Verizon was also part of the program, Binney says, and that greatly expanded the volume of calls subject to the agency’s domestic eavesdropping. “That multiplies the call rate by at least a factor of five,” he says. “So you’re over a billion and a half calls a day.” (Spokespeople for Verizon and AT&T said their companies would not comment on matters of national security.)
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 So the television show "Person of Interest" is a true story?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What are the consequences entailed by them having this information?

Zach said...

I'm not even sure it's true. Regardless, I think that a government that can track its citizens on an individual government for whatever reason it deems necessary is a terrifying government, one that has far exceeded its reasonable scope of powers. This could create an unprecedented level of control and power over other people, a perfect tool for a tyrant-in-waiting.

Liam said...

This, if true, is kinda unsettling.