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It hinges on what's known as "hop" or "chain" analysis. When the NSA identifies a suspect, it can look not just at his phone records, but also the records of everyone he calls, everyone who calls those people and everyone who calls those people. If the average person called 40 unique people, three-hop analysis would allow the government to mine the records of 2.5 million Americans when investigating one suspected terrorist. The NSA has said it conducted 300 searches of its telephone database last year. Left unsaid until Wednesday was that three-hop analysis off those searches could mean scrutinizing the phone records of tens or even hundreds of millions of people. "So what has been described as a discrete program, to go after people who would cause us harm, when you look at the reach of this program, it envelopes a substantial number of Americans," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.
Previously, NSA was permitted to develop contact chains by starting with a suspect and, using telephone metadata records, determine with whom that individual communicated. That was considered one hop. NSA was allowed to take three hops –- which amounted to a pyramid-like communications sequence. “If the person of interest talks to 10 people and we get those 10 numbers, that’s the first hop. If each of those 10 people talks to 10 other people and we get those 100 numbers, that’s the second hop and so on,” said Turner. Under the old rules, a third hop could result in hundreds, if not thousands, of phone and contact information for people, most of whom officials believe likely would not know, much less communicate with, the suspect. On Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released documents detailing significant reforms aimed at addressing weighty privacy concerns raised after the Snowden theft. Under new rules released by the ODNI, NSA will be limited to two hops.
originally posted by: mikell
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: carewemust
Very well broken down.
Of course they'll never acknowledge it though. They've gotten to the point where "orange man bad" is now part of their personal identities. They'll run off a cliff screaming "But Russia!" with their fingers in their ears first.
I think it was MSNBC that said yesterday that it was time for the Russian investigation to continue to move forward. ???????????????????? I thought it was over????????????
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: carewemust
Imagine the horror if the Trump administration used the same tactics on Harris, Biden, Sanders.
originally posted by: CADpro
What comes around goes around. Wouldn't it be funny if POTUS has FISA warrants on all those in question right now?
originally posted by: odzeandennz
a reply to: carewemust
No dem is denying spying .
The American people don't have the resilience to stand up to government or even protest the government.
Not only do the Democrats know trump was spied on, so do the Republicans. And none choose to do anything about it and, not even the staunchest middle ground libertarian...why is that?
Because trump is the definition of a dirt bag.
Not even trump as a sitting president can get after people who may have committed crimes against him, why? Because his laundry is the dirtiest of all.
Trump cant flex on Assange, Kim Jong un, Erdogan, Russia, or his own wife. He can't utter a word in because if he goes too far his laundry will be aired out.
A report which may reveal the extent of illegal spying is not being released? No taxes? Clinton's still free, no wall, no healthcare, no foreign jobs , plants closing, education and infrastructure in shambles, worst health care of any advanced nation. .. and an economy at the precipice of a recession and seesawing wall street.
Trump himself can't do anything about the spying, the hate, and lack of cooperation; trump knows what trump is. He picks and chooses his battles carefully.
0 people in jail since 2016 by trump for crimes against him personally and were still counting on people in jail fro trump's camp due to the dirt found from a dirty fisa warrant!
We can all play dumb till the end of the administration, but trump cant pounce because said pouncing would reveal evidence under his finger nails
originally posted by: fredrodgers1960
It's about time that these people understand that we have laws here that we expect EVERYONE to obey equally.
Take them all down. Teach the next generation that bad behavior results in punishment.
House Democrats are crying foul over a plan by the Intelligence Committee's top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, to meet privately with Attorney General William Barr to push the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against officials involved in the investigation of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.