posted on Mar, 18 2013 @ 09:27 AM
Meh. Do you honestly think with millions of computers around the world if not billions that the authorities would take time to look in each and
every computer? I doubt it. I think some people are way too paranoid about this.
Of course not.
Instead, there are computer programs that check the majority of popular means of electronic data, flagging key words and phrases. Then, they are
analyzed for frequency, context, geographic location, source (home or office), and compared to desired red flags, etc. The "hits" are then compiled
into a list that is then fed into a more detailed software program which does the same, with added and updated info, and then generates a list for a
human analyst to examine.
The human analyst then makes that a shorter list by weeding out garbage, before passing that on to other specialists depending on the info, and what
area is affected, etc. for either a specialty analyst to examine, or field intelligence, etc.
Once the info is processed, only the hits are "saved", the rest is purged, of course, due to storage constraints. This really shouldn't be too
surprising...it's been going on since the Internet existed, and even prior, when only the phone lines were used. It has been known by various names
over the years...(Echelon, Carnivore, etc., etc.)