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NSA Phone Surveillance Tool Can Play Back Conversations In Time

     
5:40 pm on Mar 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Once again, there's little about the NSA programs that surprise me any longer.

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

A senior manager for the program compares it to a time machine — one that can replay the voices from any call without requiring that a person be identified in advance for surveillance. NSA Phone Surveillance Tool Can Play Back Conversations In Time [washingtonpost.com]
5:59 pm on Mar 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Wonder about the application of that technology here at home...no wonder, really. Seems like the data is out there, just sifting through it is an interesting and expensive undertaking I would think. And, what our tax dollars are being used for. Right?
11:04 pm on Mar 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I think the technology has been around for quite a while, its the huge reduction in cost of storage and the size of the storage media that makes it cost effective.
1:46 am on Mar 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just say "beadwindow code 6" while on the phone, they'll come to your house.
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4:01 am on Mar 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I think we need something to combat the "no expectation of privacy" argument.


simple, cheap, easy, *personal* encryption would be one way to challenge the argument that phone users and and email users have no expectation of privacy.
10:58 am on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just say "beadwindow code 6" while on the phone, they'll come to your house.

Early monitoring systems could be crashed if too many people used the right keyword.
11:49 am on Mar 21, 2014 (gmt 0)

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"Land of the free" I think its time that line is deleted. The money spent on surveillance tech/resource in the US, is enough for a whole country BNP. The US people are such great folks, but something changes as soon you look at the politics people,.. those are just not the same folks.
9:08 am on Mar 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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The US people are such great folks, but something changes as soon you look at the politics people,.. those are just not the same folks.


I think you can say that about most countries.