posted on Oct, 14 2013 @ 09:33 PM
Wow.... It just gets more and more interesting as time goes on. I had a feeling they didn't bother with individuals or even small source points for
most of their work. They hoover right from the top and from there, I'll bet they get the pick of just about everything.
The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services
as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a
computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.
Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail
and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much
smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.
Okay, this is getting to be too much. Every week or two, it's news of another 'special' division of some 'special' department within an agency
once only half jokingly called 'No Such Agency'.
Now this was working overtime ...and we need to keep perspective. This isn't one program exposed. These numbers likely represent just the
contribution of this one program to the whole effort. We know other programs already cover much of the same digital 'ground', from other directions!
During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from
Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation.
Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million a year.
Each day, the presentation said, the NSA collects contacts from an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on live-chat services as well as from the inbox
displays of Web-based e-mail
Outrageous? Yup... If we have 500,000 actual enemies(...and that's LISTS..not just people) our Intelligence agencies need to split their time even a
tiny fraction between? Well... that would outnumber our military. It's absurd. It's how they