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View Diary: I Doubt the NSA Knows What Data It Has, Where It Came from, Who Has Accessed It and If It Was Stolen (158 comments)

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  •  Data searching (8+ / 0-)

    is something else that's come a long way in the last decade. There's plenty of software available (search on 'data analytics', that might help).

    "Effectively" is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, if the NSA says it's "effective", then as far as they are concerned, it is.

    In practical application, however, one of the biggest things it would boil down to is some schlub analyst running complex queries from his "workstation", using his "analytical skills" to decide which words you use (and how you use them) makes you a "credible threat". And yes, that can be done. Easily. Regardless of the seeming "mountains" of information, it can.


    •  The idea is not to find targets within the data (6+ / 0-)

      It is to be able to track back a target's activities after the fact.  And really, the prime use of such a system is not anti terrorism, it is control of the populace.
      Speak up, and they search the data for you and your internet browsing history, your search history, phone calls, bank statements, etc area all collected for an instant dossier.

      These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

      by Nailbanger on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:20:25 PM PDT

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    •  The analysts are probably only (0+ / 0-)

      for real time analysis.

      There's plenty of cutting edge software (ok, it's been around for at least 5ish years) that automates the analysis of call data AND content. This software can identify if a credit card number is given (and redact it), it can flag conversations where one of the parties got upset or used a cuss word, it can tell you what language the conversation was in...all they have to do it plug in what they want.

      Can you imagine generals and directors saying NO to such technology?? It's sexy even to non-techies, isn't it?

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