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NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

Posted on March 19th, 2014 at 14:37 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


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.

  1. FWIW, this isn’t implemented for any & every country, but for a half-dozen specific countries. Assuming that those don’t include the U.S. [1] or its allies, it seems like the sort of thing the NSA actually *is* expected to be doing. At least expected by (say) a majority of Americans and not illegal under the Constitution.

    [1] If the U.S. *were* one of the countries, there’s NO way the WaPo would have dropped that info from the article on the gov’t’s request.

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