Monday, July 1, 2013

If the NSA becomes a laughing stock, can we
please cut its not-so-funny appropriations? Agency storing a billion cell phone calls a day; can listen to them later after computers scan them

As we suspected, the NSA with its enormous budget, is storing more than who you call, when, how long and from where. It's storing the conversations. (That's why Obama phrased his deceptive denial so carefully: "No one is listening to your calls." No, computers are examining them for keywords, and storing your conversations so that military spies in the government can listen to them later if their curiosity is piqued by what you said to a friend or relative.)
     Mother Jones reports that during a news conference Friday, Glen Greenwald of The Guardian said that more Snowden disclosures were on the way, and he provided what he called "a little preview" of one of the documents the former NSA contractor leaked. According to Greenwald, it shows that the NSA collects and stores 1 billion cellphone calls every day. "It doesn’t mean they're listening to every call," Greenwald said. "It means they're storing every call and have the capability to listen to them at any time, and it does mean that they're collecting millions upon million upon millions of our phone and email records. It is a globalized system designed to destroy all privacy and what's incredibly menacing about it is it is all taking place in the dark, with no accountability and virtually no safeguards."

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