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Thursday, May 11, 2006

NSA: All your calls are belong to us

Posted by: Hammer / 7:31 AM

USA Today reports that the NSA has been secretly collecting call information from millions of Americans:

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.

Apparently if we spy on all the non-terrorists, it'll be easier to spot the actual terrorists. Or something. Do terrorists get calls asking them to donate to colleges that can't get their name right? If so, I'm in a world of trouble.

4 Comments:

Damn, I've been waiting to use an "all your blank are belong to us" title for a post for a long time and you have found the perfect opportunity and beaten me to it.

By Blogger Jambo, at 12:14 PM  

Hammer- How can any school get your name wrong?

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 1:16 PM  

Hammer's just a nickname. I have a real name, too. UMN always assumes my real name is a nickname and then calls me by the more formal name. I correct them everytime, usually saying, "I won't consider making a donation until you do me the courtesy of calling me by my proper name". They don't change, I don't donate.

By Blogger Hammer, at 1:17 PM  

Just a sec. my tinfoil hat fell off.

It seems that Negroponte had flipped the switch on his "Carnivore" project long before it was supposedly shut down in 2005. "Carnivore" was to monitor electronic communication and analyze it for patterns to determine if someone had bad intentions. I believe it was also supposed to analyze charge card transactions and airline flight patters as well.

Hopefully people will take this seriously now.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 PM  

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