doctorow at May 19th, 2014 13:57 — #1
acerplatanoides at May 19th, 2014 14:03 — #2
I guess this allows the analyst to validate their suspicions. I do not see discussion of what happens when the metadata based theories which 'justify' the mass surveillance are invalidated. I believe documentation which allows people to derive a batting average of some sort would be helpful to the public debate. Something hammer, something something nail.
jandrese at May 19th, 2014 14:06 — #3
I wonder if they do the same thing in the Cayman Islands? They could have a potential treasure trove of blackmail material out of that.
mwiik at May 19th, 2014 14:13 — #4
Oh, that's likely reserved for when congress demands reforms.
phasmafelis at May 19th, 2014 14:39 — #5
Jeez, people, they're not recording your calls, they're just storing metadata*!
*"Metadata" has been defined to include recording your calls.
imb at May 19th, 2014 16:16 — #6
Yeah, I guess they were being careful when stating that no one is listening to your calls. Maybe not in real time, but they save them for later.
I wish I could 'like' your comment a few times.
crenquis at May 19th, 2014 16:48 — #7
The NSA are old school... When they say meta-data they just mean data that they will process after the other data.
In Greek, the prefix meta- is generally less esoteric than in English; Greek meta-, meaning "after" or "beyond", is equivalent to the Latin words post- or ad-.
acerplatanoides at May 19th, 2014 17:19 — #8
some data is more meta than other data
llamaspit at May 19th, 2014 18:10 — #9
Isn't it about here when some apologist steps in and says that this is all old news? That we knew this back in 2006, so no big deal?
imb at May 19th, 2014 18:44 — #10
Especially if you happen to be talking about the NSA recording calls, while your call is being recorded.
acerplatanoides at May 19th, 2014 21:43 — #11
ffabian at May 20th, 2014 00:31 — #12
Nah, the usual USian apologist argues: "...but everyone spies"
Amusingly this argument is only valid when the US spies on someone else when the US gets spied on we get this:
"We must say, 'enough is enough,'" Holder said at a news conference.
Another revelation from the indictment was Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei being penetrated by the NSA. The telecom giant, the US has maintained, was an avenue for the China government's cyber-snooping.
Holder stated that it was not appropriate to compare Monday's indictments in Pennsylvania to the global spying capabilities of the US government disclosed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The US was engaged in intelligence activities. The Chinese spying on US corporations, he said, was "to gain commercial advantage."
"That is what makes this different," Holder said.
acerplatanoides at May 20th, 2014 08:24 — #14
call restaurants someone else dislikes. they probably already know which ones you dislike.
doctorow at May 24th, 2014 13:57 — #15
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