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Beginning Sunday, if the government wants to check on a specific phone number in a potential terrorism case, a request must be made to the relevant telephone company for a check of its own data. The government will no longer retain the information.
Under the revision, the government will present a specific phone number or cell phone identifier to the phone companies to seek the relevant call data. Except in emergencies, the records can be obtained only with an individual order from a special federal intelligence court.
And two government officials said no red flags were raised when he'd gone to Saudi Arabia for several weeks in 2013 on the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Muslims are required to take at least once in their lifetime. It was during this trip that he met Malik, a native of Pakistan who came to the United States in July 2014 on a "fiancée visa" and later became a lawful permanent resident.
Officials had previously said neither Farook and Malik were known to the FBI or on a list of potentially radicalized people. Nor had they had any known interactions with police until Wednesday.
Yet Farook himself had talked by phone and on social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism, law enforcement officials said.
The communications were "soft connections" in that they weren't frequent, one law enforcement official said. It had been a few months since Farook's last back-and-forth with these people, who officials said were not considered high priority.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
My thoughts are that the NSA gathered some much data that it overpowered their ability to analyze it, probably putting us in a worse position as analysts either battled the sheer volume, actually probably spending more time on data sorting, sifting, parameter programming, tracking down false leads, and general management than on uncovering vital intelligence. Machines can do a lot, but nothing beats a sharp human set of eyes and ears or a brain for separating the noise from the vital information.
Under the new guidelines, the NSA no longer may directly collect and hold data about the domestic phone records of U.S. citizens.
Instead, telecom companies will retain and access the data on their customers. The NSA may then seek warrants from the secretive courts created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in order to compel these companies to hand over pertinent information on terrorism suspects and affiliates. The requests are not done in bulk, but rather require “specific selectors” such as the phone number of an individual. The NSA then has up to 180-days to query the telecom companies for more data—on socially connected persons of interest, so-called one-to-two degree “hops” on their networks—before seeking a renewed authority from a FISA court.
There are exceptions to these items though.
What kinds of exceptions?
Notably, the NSA’s bulk collection database still exists. The agency has requested permission to keep its records for the past five years intact through Feb. 29, 2016. This will ostensibly allow the agency to make sure nothing has gone awry during the transition. Access will be “limited to technical personnel and solely for the purpose of verifying that the new targeted production mechanism authorized by the USA FREEDOM Act is working as intended,” ODNI said in a statement. The database is “hands off” for analysts.
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
a reply to: charlyv
I appreciate and agree with much of what you elaborated on.
However, I just want to say, my post was not to explain the reason they stopped. They haven't. I was merely pointing out that it's been both ineffective and illustory, wherein they claim it is making anyone "safer."
originally posted by: charlyv
Advances and availability of encryption also contribute to it being less effective. That does not say that they are not working on solutions for that, but it is extremely hard to do in real time.