posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 03:37 PM
WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some
Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal
information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.
The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign
intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former
The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United
States, according to an N.S.A. memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of
communications metadata without having to check foreignness” of every e-mail address, phone number or other identifier, the document said. Because
of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for
The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information,
Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data,
according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama
administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners.
And the rabbit hole deepens. More and more is coming out about the NSA issues nearly daily. It seems as if Orwell´s "1984" was not a prophecy but
an inspiration for some people.
I understand that up to some point certain surveillance actions are important in order to prevent certain crimes, although this is crossing all
possible lines in the privacy vs security debate... and what´s worse, we do not know how deep the rabbit hole goes, as more and more things that
previously were speculations are becoming facts.
PS. Hopefully this is the right sub-forum for this thread. These newspieces are from today and did not find any posts on these yet.