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Offline Rapunzel

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NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection
« on: December 22, 2013, 03:48:17 PM »

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Re: NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2013, 11:33:48 PM »
"You can bet that the last thing a smart terrorist is going to do right now is call someone in the United States."

Bull.  The NSA, to all appearances, has been collecting so-called metadata for mining, not the actual content.  All a smart terrorist need do is modify his/her calling patterns to defeat the sorts of metadata patterns that would trigger closer review by the NSA.  It would be inconvenient, but doable.  It's basically the same as hiding your tracks on the internet by browsing through the TOR network; doing so slows down your browsing considerably because of all the extra travel time and processing the packets undergo as they travel between you and the server you're getting material from, but it does make it very hard to scavenge sufficient metadata to identify most of the users of the TOR network - that's why the network exists, and it's apparently quite effective because, as I've been told, even the US government uses it to communicate with field agents who would be compromised if their internet activities were discovered.

All the NSA has really managed to accomplish by going after the needles in the haystack with a blunderbuss is to warn the needles that they have to work a little harder to burrow deeper into the stacks and to look more like a piece of hay than a needle.  In other words, the NSA has made it harder, not easier, to catch the really bad terrorists.

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