posted on Jun, 15 2010 @ 11:43 AM
Originally posted by Maxmars
Now if the FBI we gathering intelligence from an overseas source there would be congressional chaos. Besides the CIA is funded precisely for
'foreign intelligence' gathering efforts, I guess somehow they are cool with this too.
It's an interesting problem. Possibly
it was caught by Echelon. The fact that it was some UK kids adds credence to it, we toss things back and
forth over the wall due to UKUSA. It also is typical for "the FBI to discover it" if we want to publicize it, you'll never hear that NSA had
anything to do with it directly. It's always an attentive cop who just happened to be somewhere, or a training operation that was in progress right
at the site of the deed, or the FBI found it.
At one time Echelon had issues with reading handwritten scanned notes, not anymore apparently, if that's them.
On the other hand, we also have everyone and their dog doing data mining ops these days. The Armed Services have maybe a dozen of them now, just for
themselves, and I wouldn't doubt the FBI has bought at least one, and Facebook, myspace and a number of popular forums are "seed stock", especially
Facebook. So anything you put on Facebook, ANYTHING, is going to be first scanned when they start a new sweep.
Both CIA and NSA do forint, but NSA is the signals part of it, and CIA isn't, so CIA wouldn't much care. The nature of the Internet also makes it
sort of odd as to whether that constitutes foreign intel. We've got some half-arsed directives that preclude the NSA delving US only blogs, although
that doesn't stop the JSOC from doing it, and the protection is so minimal that they often do it anyway and make it right after the fact. It's not
that hard. If even one foreign national posts in a thread, it's fair game. So if you want to legitimize yourself on a blogscan, you just get Nigel to
post "Hello from Down Under!" on a thread and it's fair game, sort of like letting a vampire in the door.
At least it was ostensibly for the benefit and safety of school children. But I can't say that I'm all warm and fuzzy about automated systems
sifting through data streams... especially if the automation includes 'alerts' that haven't been vetted by a human who might realize that some kid
Ah, but they do. No system acts without layers and layers of review and human intervention. The sources that might be interesting but are too full of
triggers to scan they pay people to read. Every. Stinking. Post.