Saturday, December 24, 2005

Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report - New York Times

Spy Agency Mined Vast Data Trove, Officials Report - New York Times: "The National Security Agency has traced and analyzed large volumes of telephone and Internet communications flowing into and out of the United States as part of the eavesdropping program that President Bush approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to hunt for evidence of terrorist activity, according to current and former government officials.

The volume of information harvested from telecommunication data and voice networks, without court-approved warrants, is much larger than the White House has acknowledged, the officials said. It was collected by tapping directly into some of the American telecommunication system's main arteries, they said."


At 9:11 AM, Blogger mikevotes said...

Just a quick note. It's not really clear which of these is going on. There's two distinct differences on this.

If they are trapping "call detail," what number called what number and for how long, the law is somewhat mixed as to how that relates to the fourth amendment. The descriptions of the data provided by the phone companies sounds like this kind of info, but any mention of collecting content is case number two.

If they are monitoring the content in any way without warrant, then it's a black letter violation.

As for the law regarding email, IM, and the rest, I'm not sure, but if they are collecting content in any way, they are toast.



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